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tar: Archive contains obsolescent base-64 headers

February 24th, 2009 9 comments

I was trying to install Ghostscript on my MediaTemple (mt) Linux server but I kept getting the following error:

  1. tar: This does not look like a tar archive
  2. tar: Skipping to next header
  3. tar: Archive contains obsolescent base-64 headers
  4. tar: Error exit delayed from previous errors

The quick fix around this is to type the following:

  1. gzip -d filename.tar.gz

and then

  1. tar -xf filename.tar

This should extract the file without errors.

Peace

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