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Re: Tar oddity...

On 12/18/2009 07:40 PM, Rick Stevens wrote:
On 12/18/2009 05:47 AM, DB wrote:
On 12/18/2009 01:23 PM, fedora-list-request redhat com wrote:
Re: Tar oddity...
Ralf Corsepius <rc040203 freenet de>
Fri, 18 Dec 2009 07:28:09 +0100

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On 12/17/2009 11:51 PM, DB wrote:
Hi All,

I've just (re)installed F12 on my laptop, & tried to copy my home
directory (F11) from my desktop using tar.

The create went OK, & I can do tar tvh on the desktop no probs. But when
I connect the external drive to the laptop, tar tvh says it's closing
because of previous errors; ark refuses to open the .tar.gz file as it
has errors.

Please show us the actual error message. You are not providing
sufficient details to be able to help.


Hi Ralf,

ark puts up a dialog box
reading the archive "xxxx.tar.gz"
failed with the error
'The archive reading failed with message: Damaged tar archive'

and tar tvf reads 45 entries and then

tar: skipping to next header
tar: exiting with failure status due to previous errors

but doesn't say what previous errors!

Try "tar tvzf xxx.tar.gz".  The fact it has a ".gz" at the end indicates
that it's a gzipped tar file so you must specify "z" in the tar command
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Thanks Rick,

I've been doing
tar tvf F11*.gz on both machines. Works on the F11 desktop, not on the F12 Lappy.

Your tvfz suggestion stops in the same place. :-(



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