Bug 52408 - tar: cannot allocate memory
tar: cannot allocate memory
Product: Red Hat Raw Hide
Classification: Retired
Component: tar (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Bernhard Rosenkraenzer
Ben Levenson
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Reported: 2001-08-23 12:33 EDT by daryl herzmann
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:36 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2001-08-23 12:34:02 EDT
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Description daryl herzmann 2001-08-23 12:33:58 EDT
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User-Agent: Mozilla/4.76 [en] (X11; U; Linux 2.4.3-SGI_XFS_1.0.1 i686)

Description of problem:
kernel 2.4.7-2 #1
Exabyte 85058SQANXR1 Tape Drive
SCSI card sym53c810a
Alpha Station 233
I try to do anything with the tape drive will tar and I get
tar: /dev/st0: Cannot read: Cannot allocate memory
tar: At beginning of tape, quitting now
tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now

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Steps to Reproduce:
1. Insert tape
2. Try tar -tf /dev/st0 or tar -xf /dev/st0 

Actual Results:  Get error

Expected Results:  See contents of tape

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Same results for standard RH7.1 kernel.  I tried rawhide kernel.
Comment 1 daryl herzmann 2001-08-25 16:40:47 EDT
Ok, I searched the LKML and found a similiar message.  It said
that I need to specify block size now with kernel 2.4  So I added 
a -b 64 to my tar command and I can rw to my tape again!

Unless you have some comments, I will suggest this bug as resolved
but wonder if a bit more verbosity can be given.

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