tar: write error unexpected end of file


 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Top Forums UNIX for Dummies Questions & Answers tar: write error unexpected end of file
# 1  
Network

Hi,

I have attempted to backup some database files on my company's Solaris machine about 3 times now. Each time that I attempt the backup, about 6 files are evident on the dat tape when I do read of the media and then I see the dreaded "tar: write error unexpected EOF" message. Each time that I have attempted the backup I have used a new tape and have cleaned the drive. None of which have resolved the problem. I am still seeing the tar error. Can someone tell me what this error indicates - bad media, corrupt files, etc?

Thanks very much.
Robyn
# 2  
Are there any errors reported when you create the backup?
How big are the database files you are trying to backup? some versions of tar have problems with very large files. Its possible that you could have a bad drive, or that it needs to be thoroughly cleaned. You said that you cleaned it, but I have been in the situation many times of being stuck using an old cleaning tape that was no longer effective. Just some possible suggestions...
# 3  
Thanks for responding Smilie. The files that I am trying to backup are not very big. The VXA tape drive that I am using seems okay for the moment. Your theory about the cleaning tape not being in good shape seems likely. New cleaning tapes arrived the other day so I will take one of these (at your suggestion) and see if this makes a difference. If it doesn't, do you think that a corrupt file in the directory in which I am trying to backup may be the cause?
 

Previous Thread | Next Thread
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:
Advanced Search

Test Your Knowledge in Computers #212
Difficulty: Medium
According to OSPF, an autonomous system boundary router is a router that is connected by using more than one routing protocol and that exchanges routing information with routers autonomous systems.
True or False?

10 More Discussions You Might Find Interesting

1. Shell Programming and Scripting

Unexpected End Of File Error

Hi guys, I am new to BASH scripting and I was wondering if anyone could have a look at this code and explain to me why I am getting an Unexpected End of File Error ? If you can that would be great / much appreciated! THANKS! #!/bin/bash USER="" PASS="" if ; then echo "You need to set... (1 Reply)
Discussion started by: spooke
1 Replies

2. UNIX for Advanced & Expert Users

tar: write error: unexpected EOF

tar: write error: unexpected EOF I usually encounter this when I'm doing backup to Dat72 tape. Here's the command gzip all files in a directory then tar cvfp /dev/rmt/0n files. Not all files are copied. Any things I should look at? Directory size? ---------- Post updated at 05:20 PM... (1 Reply)
Discussion started by: lhareigh890
1 Replies

3. Shell Programming and Scripting

Unexpected end of file error

Hi , I am new to Unix and this is my first shell script . I am facing "unexpected end of file error" while executing my code . tried removing blank spaces Unable to trace out the error . PLease help !!! #!/bin/sh echo hello if ] echo hi then var=`cat liq_table_nm.txt` ... (6 Replies)
Discussion started by: sen180185
6 Replies

4. Shell Programming and Scripting

`end of file' unexpected error

When I am executing my really simple shell script below, I got an error: `end of file' unexpected. Script is suppose to print out a list of supplied parameters. Here is my script: #!/bin/sh a=$# #number or parameters b=0 #starting counter while do b=`expr $b + 1` echo... (9 Replies)
Discussion started by: alexstar
9 Replies

5. Shell Programming and Scripting

error unexpected end of file

Sometimes while unziping some files i got an error and the further unziping stopped.might be other files are able to be unzip.i.e gunzip a.Z b.Z c.Z gunzip: a.Z: unexpected end of file it found an error on a.Z and stopped but b.Z and C.Z might be correct. why this error comes and is... (2 Replies)
Discussion started by: malikshahid85
2 Replies

6. Shell Programming and Scripting

unexpected end of file error

When I run the following script: #! /bin/bash for var in CA CC CD CT EC PC do cat << EOF > ${var}_full.dat echo T ${var}_high echo C age echo C sex echo C ht echo C WT_lg EOF cat << EOF > ${var}_agesex.dat ... (4 Replies)
Discussion started by: polly_falconer
4 Replies

7. Shell Programming and Scripting

unexpected end of file error

hi, i am trying to connect to sqlplus in an 'if block' from the script. it is giving unexpected end of file error. and it works fine if it is out of 'if block'. if anybody have idea on this, can you please help me to solve the error ? piece of code is given below. if then... (11 Replies)
Discussion started by: vinayakatj56
11 Replies

8. UNIX for Dummies Questions & Answers

tar: write error: unexpected EOF

I am taring to disk and get this message: tar: write error: unexpected EOF This message is normally associated with tape devices, not disk. Here is the syntax: tar -cf <tarfilename> /dir Have you seen this message on disk tars? (4 Replies)
Discussion started by: jabe
4 Replies

9. Shell Programming and Scripting

tar: write error: unexpected EOF

Hi friends, I am using Sun Solaris 5.9. I want to take backup of 3 folders which are 50 GB in size totally using tar command on tapes. I am having DAT 72 tape. After initiating tar command (tar -cvf /dev/rmt/0n /tmp/dir1/ /tmp/dir2/ /tmp/dir3/), tarring is stopped after 10 hrs (approx) and i am... (7 Replies)
Discussion started by: vijayakumar.pc
7 Replies

10. Shell Programming and Scripting

End of file unexpected error

Hi, I am new to unix. I have written a script whenever i am giving sh filename.sh its prompting unexpected end of file in line number 40 in that line i have echo statement what do i need to do thanks in advance (5 Replies)
Discussion started by: hamsa
5 Replies

Featured Tech Videos