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.