tar -xf tar: fatal: error

Posted on 2009-04-09
Last Modified: 2013-12-27
Hi Experts,

When I try to use the tar -xf pcns223sol.tar, I receive the following:

tar pcns223sol.tar tar: fatal: open failed: No such file or directory

I just ran this same file on another test server without issue.

Any ideas on what might be causing this tar error to occur?

Question by:byd2k
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Expert Comment

ID: 24110602
That is odd. Do "which tar", the normal tar on Solaris doesn't link with Are you using gnu tar or something else by mistake?

Author Comment

ID: 24110619
I or the contractor probably installed GNU at one point in time hoping it would correct a similar issue a long time ago.  Is there a way to not use GNU tar and use the default version?

Thanks again,

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Accepted Solution

blu earned 200 total points
ID: 24110726
Sure. The short term solution is to simply call tar by it's full path:

/usr/bin/tar -xf pcns223sol.tar

But you could still do the "which tar" to find out where it is installed and adjust your path.
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Author Comment

ID: 24111166
Great that worked!  

The application looks like it actually wants to use Tar to extract additional data.

How do you uninstall or adjust the existing path /usr/local/bin/tar to /usr/bin/tar permanently?


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Assisted Solution

omarfarid earned 50 total points
ID: 24111819
look at the PATH env variable, which contains dir names to look for  commands

echo $PATH
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Assisted Solution

blu earned 200 total points
ID: 24112570
Somewhere on you path is certainly /usr/local/bin. Also, there is /usr/bin. Your choices are to either uninstall the /usr/local/bin/tar file or swtich them around on your PATH variable, or always call tar as /usr/bin/tar.
The problem with the first is that somebody may be using /usr/local/bin/tar. The problem with the second is that you may find that there are other executables in /usr/local/bin that you want to take precedence over what is in /usr/bin, and the last one is a pain. You have to figure out which is best.

If you do decide to reverse the order on the PATH, look in a file called .login, or .profile or .cshrc (depending on you shell) in your home directory. That is most likely where /usr/local/bin is added to the path.

Author Comment

ID: 24130408
Thank you for your help.

I decided to create another user account in which the default tar version is stored under /usr/bin/tar.  I then used sudo for admin rights versus running root to install an updated APC network shutdown application.

Thanks to all of your for your help,

Author Closing Comment

ID: 31568684
Thank you all for your help.

I ended up creating a new user.  I used that user's default profile which used /usr/local/bin/tar file.  I proceeded to install the APC application which in turn used the default tar program to install Java.

I'm going to leave the path alone abased on blu's last post.


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