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Re: [vox-tech] un-tar failing on large job

On Friday 16 May 2003 12:43 pm, Richard Burkhart wrote:
> Halloall;
> I'm finally putting to use one of the dump-boxen that I've picked up
> (166mhz, 64megs ram, 2gig drive, partridge in pear tree, etc.), for
> experimenting with a Gentoo install.
> And of course, nothing goes according to plan.  After formatting the drive,
> setting up mount points, etc. the next step I'm on to un-tar the install
> files onto the drive in what eventually will become the root directory.
> This has failed 3 out of 3 times, using 2 different copies of the Stage3
> tar.gz (100megs approx) and one version of the Stage2 tar.gz (50-80megs
> approx).
> The final time I tried this, tar finally gave me a list of what might be
> going wrong:
>   - bad compressed file (This is doubtful - the last time I pulled it down
> from Gentoo, I ran an MD5 check to make sure the file was intact.)
>   - bad hardware - either memory or cache hardware.  (I've got new SIMMS on
> order--will try this soon.)
> Those were the avenues I've checked so far.  Anyone have a suggestion as to
> what ELSE I might look in to?
> Danke

What is the command you're using to untar the file?  

I just installed gentoo(though from stage1) and it worked great.  Minus one 
minor user idiocy problem(I forgot to initialize a partition and then got mad 
at mount for not mounting it properly) it worked great.  

It would help to know what you're doing.  My guess is its either a bad file, 
bad hardware, or bad user.  :-) 


Mike Wenk
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