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Re: [Bug-tar] "tar c archive.tar /dir" fails to create a consistent arch

From: Ville Herva
Subject: Re: [Bug-tar] "tar c archive.tar /dir" fails to create a consistent archive if it fails to read one input file
Date: Thu, 3 Nov 2005 20:13:32 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.10i

On Thu, Nov 03, 2005 at 05:20:34PM +0200, you [Sergey Poznyakoff] wrote:
> Ville Herva <address@hidden> wrote:
> > /mnt/msdos/Program Files/file1005
> > tar: /mnt/msdos/Program Files/file1006: File shrank by 692300 bytes; padding
> > with zeros
> Thank you. This bug has already been fixed. You may wish to try the
> recent GNU tar snapshot available from
>  ftp://download.gnu.org.ua/pub/alpha/tar

Thanks for the quick response!

I was able to salvage a similarily damaged (in fact, the same fs) from a
backup. This is a mildly (fixable by fsck.vfat) fat fs corrupted by a power
interrupt - only few files give IO error.

I downloaded and built tar-1.15.2-20050902 from
ftp://download.gnu.org.ua/pub/alpha/tar. I verified that tar (GNU tar)
1.15.1 from tar-1.15.1-10.FC4 reproducibly exhibits this bug whereas tar
(GNU tar) 1.15.2 from tar-1.15.2-20050902.tar.bz does not.

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