TAR on 3b1

Thaddeus P. Floryan thad at public.BTR.COM
Thu Jun 27 22:10:39 AEST 1991

In article <136 at morwyn.UUCP> forrie at morwyn.UUCP (Forrie Aldrich) writes:
| I have the development set 3.51 installed... in many messages and so 
| forth on the net, I have seen the tar command invoked as:
| 	zcat file.tar.Z | tar xvf -
| whereby it doesn't require you to uncompress the file first before 
| extracting it's contents.  Well, after many trials, I cannot seem 
| to get the 3b1 tar command to cooperate with this approach, and I 
| wonder if anyone out there has a solution to this issue.
| [...]

I use that command form for tar all the time, and it works fine (esp. since
I simply haven't the disk space to unpack some of the mongo compressed tar
files I collect from around the net.

There *IS* a chance you may have some weirdo version, so check your tar
against the following:

$ path tar
$ ll /usr/bin/tar
-rwxr-xr-x  1 bin     bin       10792 Dec 22  1987 /usr/bin/tar
$ size /usr/bin/tar
7236(.text) + 1576(.data) + 10868(.bss) + 0(.lib) = 19680
$ sum /usr/bin/tar
31709 11 /usr/bin/tar
$ coffdate /usr/bin/tar
Sat Apr 18 17:28:49 1987  /usr/bin/tar

Thad Floryan [ thad at btr.com (OR) {decwrl, mips, fernwood}!btr!thad ]

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