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Old 07-01-2009, 01:01 AM   #1
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Question Problem sending .tar files, turns into a .zip?Why?

Hi I have a colleague in China,
I am sending a .tar file from my Linux OS through outlook express email.

Here's my problem:

The file I initially send is like this:
File Name.tar

When she receives it, the file turns into this

why does this "" come about, and how can I send her the file as a .tar???

Pls Help!

Old 07-01-2009, 01:24 AM   #2
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I don't understand
I am sending a .tar file from my Linux OS through outlook express email.
Are you using windows or linux? And are you sending a tar file or a tar.gz or tar.bz2 file?

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Old 07-01-2009, 01:31 AM   #3
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I think there's an option in some mail programs, something like "Download all attachments as a zip archive." Probably, you colleague uses it to get your tarballs. It's the outlook feature or a problem, depending on how you look at it...

Do they turn out to be valid zip archives though?
Old 07-01-2009, 03:12 AM   #4
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Sounds like you are making the tars on Linux, then emailing from Windows?

This is generally a bad idea, especially if the receiver is a Windows user too - Windows needs third party software to handle tars (and tar.gz specifically) and most Windows users won't have an idea what to make such files.

It might be a variation of what another poster suggested, maybe the receiving mailclient tries to be clever and seeing the "strange" extension, renames it automatically?

The kicker is if the file, when called *, IS, in fact, a valid .zip file? I'm willing to bet it may be called "*" but that it still is a tar file...


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