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Extracting using tar command in unix

Posted on 2012-03-16
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I tried to extract downloads.tgz. It got a fair way through the unpack and then died with the following error:

tar: downloads: Cannot utime: Operation not permitted
tar: Error exit delayed from previous errors

I tried a simple tar --list -f downloads.tgz
and it breaks with an error tar: Error exit delayed from previous errors after exactly the same file.

Does anyone know why this could be? Running FreeBSD 7.3-RELEASE-p2 as a normal user, (not root).
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by:legolasthehansy
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Can you try it as root? Also see if you can pass -m option while doing the extract
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the user executing tar does not have proper permissions in the directory
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by:Khandakar Ashfaqur Rahman
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Either bad download or doesn't have sufficient permission.Try with superuser
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If you are not allowed to become root try the "-m" flag of "tar"
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