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Re: Child died with signal 13

Hmm, it worked for me. I assume out of the documentation that tar will spawn
gzip -d filename and pipe it into itself. So, if 13 is the system error from
tar, which is EACCES, permission denied so maybe there is a problem
accessing the file? The listing shows that file is owned by Administ(rator?)
and prompt says Administrator so it seems correct but if you substitute
filename for nonexistent one then you get
tar: Child died with signal 2 <-- 2 being 'file not found' error
so it seems that there is a problem with permissions?


----- Original Message -----
From: "Volker Quetschke" <>
To: <>
Sent: Tuesday, February 26, 2002 9:38 PM
Subject: tar: Child died with signal 13

> Hi,
> recently I found a problem when I try to untar some tar.gz archives
> under cygwin. The tar.gz at this link is ca. 1,5kb
>  .
> It is just one example, it is taken from OpenOffice641C.
> On my Windows 2K machine, cygwin updatet a few minutes ago, I get:
> Administrator@LISI ~/tartest
> $ tar -tzf expat.pat.tar.gz
> pat/
> pat/xmlparse/
> pat/xmlparse/hashtable.h.pat
> pat/xmlparse/xmlparse.h.pat
> pat/xmltok/
> tar: Child died with signal 13
> tar: Error exit delayed from previous errors
> Administrator@LISI ~/tartest
> $ la
> total 6
> dr-xr-xr-x    2 Administ Kein            0 Feb 26 10:02 .
> drwxr-xr-x    6 Administ Kein         4096 Feb 26 10:02 ..
> -r-xr-xr-x    1 Administ Kein         1435 Sep 20  2000 expat.pat.tar.gz
> I get this error in both cases, with CYGWIN=ntsec tty and CYGWIN=tty.
> I also get this error on Cygwin on our Windows 2K server, but there I
> can't change the environement ;-)
> If I do an gunzip first, and then a tar -tf foo.tar I get no error.
> I also don't get an error doing the tar -tzf on cygwin on Windows98SE
> or Linux.
> Only few *.tar.gz files have this problem, but some have. I have three
> more examples, but they are not so short as the one mentioned above.
> Any ideas?
>     Volker
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