[SUMMARY]: Problem with tar file

From: John Cosimano (cosimanj@cna.org)
Date: Wed Sep 24 1997 - 07:41:55 CDT

My original post:

I received a 1/4" tape (150MB) from a user who indicated there was a tar
file on there. I've been trying to retrieve it, but haven't had any luck.
I used dd and got a 10MB file off tape, but I can't seem to to anything
with that, either. I took a look at the file and in the first few lines
saw a reference to filename.dat.Z. The user confirmed that was the name of
the file. However, it is NOT a unix compressed file.

So I asked the user to call the source and find out the history behind the
creation of the tape. Apparently, it is _supposed_ to be a unix compressed
file. But the person couldn't remember if it was created with tar or bar.
Bar? Is there really such a thing? Anyone have a clue? I've never heard of
it, so I thought I'd check.

--End of original post

I had never heard of bar and the machine I was using at the time didn't
have bar on it. So I was sure someone was confused.

rsk@itw.com was the first to indicate that bar might not be a figment of
someone's imagination. I dug around on a few other machines and found a
SunOS 4.1.3 machine that had it. Problem solved. The mystery file WAS a
bar archive...

Learn something new everyday, I guess.

Thanks again to those who have replied.

>From rsk@itw.com Wed Sep 24 08:40:20 1997
Date: Wed, 24 Sep 1997 08:26:44 -0400 (EDT)
From: Rich Kulawiec <rsk@itw.com>
To: cosimanj@cna.org
Subject: Re: Problem with tar file

|and see if the header indicates tar, bar, cpio, dump or something else.
|You could also try just reading it with bar, e.g.
|bar tvf yourmysteryfile
|"man bar"

John Cosimano
Unix Systems Administrator
The CNA Corporation
Alexandria, VA USA

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