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As of August 2012, the MIME type recommended in RFC 6713 is application/gzip. According to the IANA registry, tar is not an official media type, so a GZipped tar file is officially only a compressed file. Hypothetically, if a tarball were an official media type and following conventions, its MIME type would be application/tar (file extension .tar) and its ...


This probably happens because the tar was created without the --hard-dereference and --dereference flags. Basically, the tar contains files that are hard and soft links to different places but they're not included in the tar file, so it will fail. You'll have to create the tar file again with one or both the options I mentioned. More info here.


Yes, any archive can (potentially) contain malicious code. To build off of what 'usr-local-ΕΨΗΕΛΩΝ' said, not only can a malicious executable lurk inside of the archive, but the archive structure can be set up such that the archive is the virus (sort-of). When the archive contains a malicious executable, one usually has to enable the executable bit on ...

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