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Old 03-05-2007
tar: Memory allocation failed

tar: Memory allocation failed for extended data while reading : Not enough space

what can be done for the above problem?

top utility reports memory usage as follows:
Memory: Real: 2688M/15G act/tot Virtual: 1492M/42915M use/tot Free: 11G

this cannot be a disk space problem as we have 30GB free disk
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Old 03-05-2007
You may have been low on swap space. Or the tar process could not increase the size of its data segment. Without knowing the OS it's hard to suggest anything about swap space. For data seqment size: The ulimit command may be able to report on the limit and might be able to raise a soft limit up to a hard limit. There probably are kernel parameters that limit data seqment size on a system-wide basis.

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