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Re: [Bug-tar] Possible tar bug

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: [Bug-tar] Possible tar bug
Date: Sun, 26 Dec 2010 09:18:34 -0800
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On 12/26/2010 03:56 AM, address@hidden wrote:

> Well it was not initialized at all as I've read DDS does not need
> initialization, it writes to end atomatically controling wheter
> program does not write beyong that and than asks for another
> tape. It was working upon now this way with archive as long as about
> 20 tapes. So initialization may the source of problems?

If your tape "was not initialized at all", then possibly it contained
ustar-format junk left over from the last time that it was used, and
yes, that could cause the problem.  ustar format is not compatible
with multivolume.

Another possibility is that the environment variable TAR_OPTIONS
was set to a value that implied ustar format.

Why are you using the -r option?  The -r option is typically not
what users want (even if they think they want it :-).  Among other
things it scans the entire tar image, so it's not particularly

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