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corrupt tar file

Posted on 2010-11-09
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I have software that's been running and making .tar downloads for about 4 years. nothing has changed on the server. i admin to it so i'm pretty sure. for some reason today one of the tar's won't unpack. i tried on OSX and CentOS using different versions of tar. i keep getting the following no mater what I try:

¿$ sudo tar -xf 101108103122.tar
Password:
tar: Skipping to next header
tar: Archive contains obsolescent base-64 headers
tar: Read 737 bytes from 101108103122.tar
tar: Error exit delayed from previous errors

any ideas? can i skip the corrupt file and move on?
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Question by:machrisod
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by:woolmilkporc
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Did you try the option

--ignore-failed-read

?

wmp
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by:machrisod
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yes, i tried that. it gives me the same result.

$ sudo tar --ignore-failed-read -xf 101108103122.tar
tar: Skipping to next header
tar: Archive contains obsolescent base-64 headers
tar: Read 737 bytes from 101108103122.tar
tar: Error exit delayed from previous errors
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machrisod earned 0 total points
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using the process of elimination i was able to determine that a specific file in the archive was causing the problem. so just removing that one got me a clean tar. no idea why that file is causing the error. looks like a tar bug. thanks!
-matt
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by:chcw
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Is your TAR file password-protected? If yes, then it will be harder to recover it.

Have you tried

Advanced TAR Repair

at

http://www.datanumen.com/atr/ to scan and recover your corrupt TAR file?
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by:jools
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what does `file 101108103122.tar` show?

you may need to use a different option, do you know what the command was that created the archive?
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by:machrisod
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i didn't really solve it... just worked around it.
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