Windows 7zip Fails to Extract a Tar Archive created on Linux

Written by James McDonald

May 28, 2010

Just had an error in Windows 7-Zip 4.6.5 trying to extract a Linux tar archive. A reasonably large tar archive of 3.76 GB.

Got this error:

So fell back to using Cygwin
Using tar -tf archive.tar allowed me to list the contents of the archive just fine.

But attempting to extract the archive threw up errors such as this:
tar: usr/share/man/fr/man3/Defoma\:\:Font.3pm.gz: Cannot open: Invalid argument
The problem was the `:’ characters windows won’t allow them.

1 Comment

  1. mukesh sawant

    DEAR FRIEND I cannot open the zip file error is coming (can not open file c:path document .zip’ as archive) pl’z give me the solution for this


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

The reCAPTCHA verification period has expired. Please reload the page.

You May Also Like…

Clear HSTS Settings in CHrome

Open chrome://net-internals/#hsts enter the domain in the query field and click Query to confirm it has HSTS settings...

Ubuntu on Hyper-v

It boils town to installing linux-azure # as root or sudo apt-get update apt-get install linux-azure...