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apt-get update fails on Ubuntu; tar returned error exit status 64

Greetings,
I am attempting to run apt-get update, and getting the following error:

tar: unrecognized option `--warning=no-timestamp'
Try `tar --help' or `tar --usage' for more information.
dpkg-deb: error: subprocess tar returned error exit status 64
dpkg: error processing archive /var/cache/apt/archives/bash_4.3-7ubuntu1.5_amd64.deb (--unpack):

Can anyone please tell me how to fix this?
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bradber
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MazdajaiCommented:
Try

exec /bin/tar --touch -"$@"
chmod +x /usr/local/sbin/tar 
sudo apt-get update

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If this fails download the tar in .deb format matching your architecture and distro, replace your existing one.
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bradberAuthor Commented:
Not making much progress. When I run

exec /bin/tar --touch -"$@"

I get this:  

/bin/tar: You must specify one of the '-Acdtrux', '--delete' or '--test-label' options
Try '/bin/tar --help' or '/bin/tar --usage' for more information.


Please explain what I should try next.  I am a newb on ubuntu. Running 14.04 , 64 bit. Please send instructions for replacing the existing one.
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MazdajaiCommented:
To fix this you need to download the updated version of tar and replace existing one.

You can go out and download the latest tar for your distribution or search if you already have the package in the OS - Can you provide the following output?

ls -t /var/cache/apt/archives/tar_*|head -1

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bradberAuthor Commented:
I was never able to find a real solution to this. Ended up with a work-around by setting up a "tar" file that redirected  to the real one.
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bradberAuthor Commented:
Even though in this case we had to accept a work-around instead of a complete solution, I always give points to anyone willing to assist.  I do appreciate the help.
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