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I am mailing a tar file from a Sun Solaris box to a RedHat Linux box and getting the following error when I attempt to untar the file. Any ideas?
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Got it figured out ........ (1) if the file you downloaded ends in ".tar", open up a console window and type the command (followed by Enter):

´tar -xvf filename.tar´

(2) if the files ends in ".tgz", use this:

´tar -xzvf filename.tar´

(3) if it ends in ".tar.gz", then use these two commands:

´gunzip filename.tar.gz´

which will unzip it and leave it with the name ´filename.tar´. then use (1), above.

Pulled that info from Desktop Linux Forum  
rayskeltonAuthor Commented:
I have been using tar for 15 years, so I understand tar and tar commands. I am trying to understand the error and how to recover from it. Any ideas?
what is the error? I don't see it...

It's an attachment, so maybe it didn't download correctly, is the md5sum of the file the same?

my gut says it's a big endian vs. little endian issue brought on via the mailer because I don't belive tar should have any issue with that.


cpio -p -b file1 file2

-p pass through
-b convert byte order
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rayskeltonAuthor Commented:
Sorry, Had the error in the header but not the body of text.

Archive contains obsolescent base-64 headers
after you get the file on the linux box run file on it.

file myfile.tar

make sure Linux doesn't think it's compressed with another scheme on top of that.

rayskeltonAuthor Commented:
The output from Solaris of 'file' is as follows. I'll have to check Linux when I get home tonight, but I tared up this file, so I know it is a tar file, unless the email or security features have put something in the file. The very first file contained within the file untared successfully.

USTAR tar archive
You've just answered your question.


STAR is a different tar format that GNU Tar will not work with. You need to download STAR for linux.

On RPM Find here are the rpms that you may find that match your Linux distro, etc.

or here is the main website for the people that are running the STAR project
rayskeltonAuthor Commented:
This is good. I'll look at this tonight. I may have a follow up question, so I will wait on closing this ticket.
rayskeltonAuthor Commented:
I am running Redhat 7.3 and cannot find a Star rpm to work. Are there other options, or loactions?
just get the source and compile

if you have the ncftp rpm installed

or just via regular ftp

tar -xzvf star-1.5a34.tar.gz

read the README.linux

./Gmake.linux install # as root

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