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untar error (blocksize changed)

Posted on 2003-03-11
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Last Modified: 2013-12-06
When I try to untar (tar -xof Db-Documentum-1.53.tar) a file, I get the error "Tar: error! blocksize changed"

It looks like it created <SOME>, but not all, of the required files directories and files.
Any ideas?

Environment:   HP-UX 11.0

Thank you,

Tom Lander
AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, LP
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Does you get those tar file from another platform ?
it possible that it's problem with blocksize.
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liddler earned 80 total points
ID: 8118002
I seem to remember the block size between HP-UX and Digital Unix is different.  Find out which OS your tar file was created on, and what the default block factor for that OS is. then use tar xvfb blockfactor  Db-Documentum-1.53.tar.

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ID: 8118030
to use tar with blocksize it is
tar xobf < file name > < block size>

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