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# 1  
Old 08-26-2002
Data tar expanding trouble


I have just download a .tar.gz
when I run:
$tar x *.tar.gz
or even
$tar z *.tar.gz

this is the error I get
tar: can't open /dev/sa0 : Device not configured

How do I reconfigure the device so that it expands the file in it's current location?

Thanks so much for your help!
# 2  
Old 08-26-2002
I haven't fooled with tarred files much yet, but:

What about that .gz extension? Try this:

1. create a temporary directory somewhere and move the tarred file into it
2. tar zxf filename.tar.gz

# 3  
Old 08-26-2002
Thanks man!!

That worked
# 4  
Old 08-26-2002
The gz is a zip that you should take off first.

i.e. gunzip filename.tar.gz you canthen pipe that through tar do do both in one command line.
# 5  
Old 08-27-2002
Just for clarification, some versions of tar can automagically uncompress the file when it sees the z flag. The f flag tells it where to look - the default is usually a tape device on your system (in the OPs case, /dev/sa0, which is not attached to a tape drive).

Check your man page for tar to see if your tar acts in this way.
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