tar Record size 8 blocks

Bruce Dubbs bruce.dubbs at gmail.com
Sun Nov 22 17:50:40 PST 2009

linux fan wrote:
> Building development book in chapter06
> Tar keeps saying:
> tar: Record size = 8 blocks
> tools/bin/tar --version
> tar (GNU tar) 1.22
> Did I miss something?
> Is there a fix?

Absolutely normal.  There is a fix to suppress this warning in the next 
version of tar, but that hasn't been released yet.  It is a valid 
warning for magnetic tape, but not for disk.  Just ignore it.

   -- Bruce

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