[maemo-users] invalid tar magic

From: n810 at merctech.com n810 at merctech.com
Date: Thu Feb 28 23:59:01 EET 2008

In the message dated: Thu, 28 Feb 2008 13:36:16 PST,
The pithy ruminations from Erik Hovland on 
<Re: invalid tar magic> were:
=> On Thu, Feb 28, 2008 at 04:11:44PM -0500, Jeffrey Mark Siskind wrote:
=> > Using the busybox version of tar, I get:
=> > 
=> >    tar: invalid tar magic
=> > 
=> > on a tar file that I can successfully unpack on other machines. Is this a bug
=> > or a busybox restriction?
=> Probably yes to both. Busybox tar prints that error message when it
=> basically cannot figure out what happened.

=> > How can I fix it?
=> Heh, that's the rub.

There are two packaged versions of the "real" GNU tar available. Search on the 
internettablettalk.com forum for more information (frequently cited in 
reference to installing the root partition on a memory card), and be 
particularly careful not to allow dpkg or apt-get to remove busybox! There are 
good instructions (on the forum or on wiki/web pages regarding installing root 
on a memory card) about how to install tar in a user-defined directory, 
avoiding the conflict with busybox.


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