Problem with tarring out a tar file

Kevin Fenzi kevin at
Thu Jul 8 22:56:41 UTC 2010

On Thu, 08 Jul 2010 15:35:48 -0700
JD <jd1008 at> wrote:

>   Hi,
> I had downloaded a zip file under windows and unzipped it.
> No problems.
> The file names in the zipped archive are long german names, so
> they are displayed with special chars embedded in the file names
> and directory names, like
> Barrè
> Mächter
> among others.
> So I tarred out the whole directory into a tar file.
> Later I moved that tar file to another mounted partition.
> I cd'ed to the mounted partition and tried to untar it:
> tar xpvf my-tar-ball.tar
> For every file in the tarball, tar outputs the message
> <>:  No such file or directory.
> Any clues why this is happening?

What filesystem type is the directory you are untarring it on? 

Is it by change a fat/vfat or the like? It may well not be able to
handle utf8 encoded filenames. 

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