Re: Please tell me this is curable...
Patrick <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> Over the weekend, I took my trusty server which had multiple
> partitions and swap files for RH, SuSE, NT and Debian and turned the
> whole thing over to Debian.
> Naturally, I backed up 4 Gigs of data first using tar czvf. Did a
> few tests and all seemed to work as tar xzvf recreated the files.
> Now its not working as when I ftp the data in from NT, I get this:
> atrick@enterprise:~$ tar xzvf datstore
> tar: This does not look like a tar archive
> tar: Skipping to next header
> gzip: stdin: invalid compressed data--format violated
> tar: Child returned status 1
> tar: Error exit delayed from previous errors
> There's several thousand important files at stake here...can anyone
> tell me how to recover them?
How are you transferring the file from NT to Linux? If you're pushing
it from NT to linux via ftp you might not be in binary mode and a
translation is being done to change CR/LF pairs to CR, as expected on
Unix systems. Make sure you're using binary mode, as in:
NT$ ftp debianbox
200 Type set to I.
ftp> put datstor
This also hold true if you're using some types of serial-to-serial
transfer method. Whatever method you're using make sure it's a
Of course if you didn't transfer it to the NT box in binary mode in
the first place you might be in trouble.