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Old 06-10-2007, 09:24 PM   #1
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Using ftp to transfer file, some headache problems

I always use lftp or ftp to thansfer a compressed file (such as .tar.gz or tar.tar) from one machine to another, the file in original PC is ok and I can uncompress it, but in destination PC I am failed to uncompress it.

For example:

andy@9AndyYu1:vlc-0.8.6b> tar xvf dvbcut_0.5.4.tar.tar
tar: This does not look like a tar archive
tar: Skipping to next header
tar: Archive contains obsolescent base-64 headers
tar: Read 7511 bytes from dvbcut_0.5.4.tar.tar
tar: Error exit delayed from previous errors

but on original PC it is OK and don't have any problem to uncompress it.

I have also used md5sum to check whether it has been corrupted during network transfer, but the result is the same.

This problem has occured sometimes, not always, please help me how to solve this problem and why does it occur? Thanks very much.
Old 06-11-2007, 03:03 AM   #2
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a very wild guess - try to transfer files in binary mode if you are not already doing that
Old 06-11-2007, 04:28 AM   #3
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I don't understand why a file would end in .tar.tar---does that mean it was tarred twice? Why?

Do you have the same problem with .tar.gz?

You definitely have to use binary mode, but I don't think that is the issue since you did the MD5 check.

What happens if you simply repeat the download of the same file? For a given file, is the behavior repeatable?



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