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I have a remote Debian 5 machine on which I'm trying to extract a tar-file (Django 1.2.1, but that's unimportant). The first 1300 or so files extracts just fine (of about 2800 in total), after which errors like

tar: Django-1.2.1/tests/ Cannot open: No such file or directory

shows up for the rest of the files, finally ending up with a

tar: Error exit delayed from previous errors

I use the command

tar xzvf Django-1.2.1.tar.gz

I've also tried with sudo (but I'm extracting in my home directory, which I should obviusly have permissions to use without). I've tried gunzipping first (runs flawlessly) and then running tar xvf, but to no avail. I've fetched the file using wget:


I've tried redownloading it several times.

A test as suggested here simply lists all files in the archive (notably with "james" as owner, which is not my username - but I suppose it's the username of the guy who created the archive - not sure if that is significant).

Finally, I should note that both extration methods works fine on my local Ubuntu installating and that there is plenty of free disk space on the remote box.

So, now I have sort of run out of good ideas :-) Suggestions are very welcome.

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have you checked that you have enough space on the remote machine, maybe your disk is accidentally filling up

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Yep. There are several gigabytes free. – XerXes Jul 19 '10 at 15:20
Nevermind, I was wrong, apparently. Even though the df command claims there is gigabytes of free space on the /home partition, I can't even create a new folder because of lack of disk space. After moving the tarball elsewhere, I can extract it. Thanks for making me check more thoroughly :-) – XerXes Jul 19 '10 at 15:27
yea, you could have been hitting a user quota limit, or been on another partition and not realized it – Roy Rico Jul 19 '10 at 17:49
Perhaps you hit the inode limit on that partition. See what df -i tells you. – Janne Pikkarainen Jul 29 '10 at 15:33

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