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I'm trying to install MySQL on a solaris 9 machine, and the version of tar on this machine apparently can't handle larger file names. The solution I've found from googling involves downloading GNU tar for solaris 9 from However, all of their packages for solaris 9 have been moved to, which requires a subscription for downloads.

Do I have any free options?

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You can always just compile your own. Most GNU software is pretty easy to compile. For example:

make install

is the standard incantation. You may want to set a different install directory (maybe under your homedir) using the --prefix option. Run ./configure --help to see all the options.

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Yay. I wonder why none of the tutorials or forums I saw suggested that. – bdares Mar 23 '12 at 5:08

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