Subject: Re: Problems with /usr/bin/tar
To: Darren Reed <>
From: Luke Mewburn <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 03/13/2001 01:26:43
On Mon, Mar 12, 2001 at 10:17:05PM +1100, Darren Reed wrote:
> Using /usr/bin/tar, are there any known instances where it generates a
> format which is incompatible with others, such as Solaris ?
> I've had repeated problems with it creating tar files with incorrect
> checksums (according to Solaris).  I've had different results using
> the SunOS4 /bin/tar on Solaris to the native tar for Solaris.
> Winzip doesn't appear so bothered by it and NetBSD's tar will still
> extract files without any problems.
> Why don't I think it is a RAM or similar problem ?
> These both fail (at the same location):
> netbsd% tar cf - foo | rsh solaris "tar xf -"
> netbsd% tar cf foo.tar foo; rcp foo.tar solaris: rsh solaris tar xf foo.tar
> and they always fail at the same point.  If I transfer the .tar file to a
> different box and then to solaris, it still appears "corrupt".

What if you use GNU tar on solaris?

Isn't Solaris tar limited to filenames <= 100 characters and doesn't
support certain types of devices?

Luke Mewburn  <>
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