TAR on 3b1

Van Cleef Henry H vancleef at iastate.edu
Sat Jun 29 08:04:36 AEST 1991

In article <1991Jun28.120929.24594 at sco.COM> tom at sco.COM (Tom Kelly) writes:
>In article <136 at morwyn.UUCP>, forrie at morwyn.UUCP (Forrie Aldrich) writes
>about problems with
>> |> 	zcat file.tar.Z | tar xvf -
>> |> 
>> if the above did not also work.  What error message is tar giving you?
>I have seen the behaviour that Forrie has complained about.  There
>is no message from tar, it just hangs.  (This problem is independent
>of the ownership problem, which is solved with -o as Tom said).
>I don't know if the problem is with the pipe, or tar's handling of
>standard input, but I suspect the pipe.  I have largely switched
>to cpio, and find that it works fine with a pipe.
>Tom Kelly (scocan!ancill!tom)

I have seen this problem with files tarred and compressed on a
DECstation under Ultrix 4.1.  The pipe hangs.  Solution is to
uncompress the file first, then untar it.  Finding a real fix is 
one more round-tuit project.
Hank van Cleef  
vancleef at iastate.edu	Iowa State University, Ames. Ia.
tmn!vancleef		The Union Institute, Cincinnati, Oh.

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