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RE: tar zxvf won't work with Redhat generated compressed tar file

> Date: Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:16:43 -0600
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> Subject: Re: tar zxvf won't work with Redhat generated compressed tar file
> On 04/20/2015 03:08 PM, Murthy Gandikota wrote:
>>>> $ tar xvf mytar.gz
>>>> tar: This does not look like a tar archive
>>>> tar: Skipping to next header
>>>> tar: Exiting with failure status due to previous errors
>>> Then what makes you think it is actually a tar archive?
>>> What
>>> gunzip> mytar < mytar.gz; file mytar
>>> says?
>> Sorry, didn't notice the top-posting.... here is the output to the command
>> mytar: gzip compressed data, last modified: Tue Mar 24 03:50:58 2015, from Unix
> Then it looks like you have a DOUBLE-compressed file. That is, someone
> took a .tar.gz file, and ran THAT through gzip again (which seldom does
> anything except make a LARGER file - because the first round of
> compression removed any redundancy). Tar cannot read a
> double-compressed stream, but breaking things into two steps lets you
> get back to a single compressed stream, where the tar call then
> auto-decompresses because you weren't supplying an explicit 'z' the
> second time around. To prove it, try:
> gunzip <mytar.gz>mytar
> tar zxvf mytar
> and if it still untars with an explicit decompression, then you have
> proven that your original file was double-compressed. Also, if I'm
> right about double compression, then mytar.gz would likely be slightly
> larger than mytar (rather than the usual case of the .gz being
> noticeably smaller).
> --
> Eric Blake eblake redhat com +1-919-301-3266
> Libvirt virtualization library

Yes, Sir. It did untar properly. So the problem is with the server compressing during the download (I get the file from a http server)?
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