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Old 06-17-2003, 08:43 PM   #1
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tar problems

Ok I have a problem with tar ... It seems that everytime I try to use tar it gives this error, and it has never done that before. I have tried using it on a bunch of tar.gz files and still same errors .

Here are the errors:
tar: This does not look like a tar archive
tar: Skipping to next header
tar: Archive contains obsolescent base-64 headers
tar: Error exit delayed from previous errors
Old 06-17-2003, 08:52 PM   #2
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What arguments are you giving it?
Old 06-17-2003, 08:54 PM   #3
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ok i am trying tar -xvf on the tar.gz files. I just found something strange though. Tar will work if I gunzip the file first then just try to do a regular tar -xf . Any ideas???
Old 06-17-2003, 08:59 PM   #4
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The way you are doing it is the way it should be done or atleast the way I have always done it is by gunziping it first...what are you trying to do get it done in one step? if so I dont think it can be done from the command line, but I know if you use the gui you can
Old 06-17-2003, 09:49 PM   #5
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just use tar -xvzf file.tar.gz

that will unzip the tar.gz file.. or you can gunzip -d file.tar.gz | tar -xvvf -
Old 06-17-2003, 11:33 PM   #6
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Hey, thanks for the reply's, but it was a typo haha. I wasn't using the z option with tar to gunzip the file before the extract would take place. I guess this is why it was saying it wasn't a tar file, it was technically a .gz . Anyway thanks again ...


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