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Re: [Bug-tar] Possible tar bug

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: [Bug-tar] Possible tar bug
Date: Sat, 18 Dec 2010 10:44:37 -0800
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On 12/17/2010 07:40 AM, address@hidden wrote:
> "15015536189 of type off_t is out of range 0..8589934591".

That looks like a message generated by tar 1.13, released in 1999.
(You can check this by running "tar --version".)

Please try an up-to-date version; lots of bugs in this area have been
fixed since 1999.  The current version is tar 1.25, released in

As far as I know, the oldest version of tar still supported by
Ubuntu is 1.15.1 (dated 2004; in Ubuntu 6.06 LTS dated 2006), and
even that old version of tar didn't generate those messages.
I could be wrong about that; but even so, we're mostly interested
in bugs in the current version.

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