[nSLUG] tarball extract failing

Daniel Arndt danielarndt at gmail.com
Wed Aug 24 01:56:34 ADT 2011

Have you tried extracting specific files (something along the lines of
http://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/linux-unix-extracting-specific-files/) rather
than attempting the whole tgz? Perhaps if you avoid the Library directory
(or just extracting the exact file you want) you'll have some luck.
Unfortunately, since it is compressed, if there is corruption in the Library
directory it may (likely) cause corruption in other parts as well..
Daniel Arndt


On Wed, Aug 24, 2011 at 01:48, Nancy <nancy at esnesnon.com> wrote:

> Does anyone know how I might extract some files from a .tgz file that seems
> to have something in it that makes it kack only a few GBs into the extract?
> It's a tarball of my OS X homedir and I'm pretty sure the offending file is
> in the Library directory. The tarball is a couple of years old and every now
> and then I pull it out and try (unsuccessfully) to rescue photos of my cat
> (that passed away). These are the only good photos of her that I have, so I
> never give up trying.
> If there is a way for me to "look" in the file and cherry-pick what I want,
> that would be the ultimate. I can't even remember all of the things I have
> tried to get this file extracted - there have been so many: cmd line tools
> and graphical ones. I have tried both Linux (Debian) and OS X to no avail.
> Any help would be appreciated!
> -n-
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