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Use GNU tar to extract server installation images on AIX



The native AIX tar program may truncate long file names within the IBM Spectrum Control or Tivoli Storage Productivity Center installation images as it extracts them, resulting in installation errors.

Diagnosing The Problem

Installation may fail indicating that certain file names could not be found. This is due to the truncated file name after extraction. The installation program may also detect this condition and provide a message indicating that truncation occurred with some files and that GNU tar should be used.

Resolving The Problem

To extract files on AIX, use the GNU tar program instead of the AIX tar program. The AIX tar program might truncate long file names, which can cause installation errors. To get the GNU tar program, see AIX Toolbox for Linux Applications. Find tar in the Package column, and click RPM to download the program. You must specify this program as the default tar program in the PATH environment variable.

[{"Product":{"code":"SS5R93","label":"IBM Spectrum Control"},"Business Unit":{"code":"BU058","label":"IBM Infrastructure w\/TPS"},"Component":"--","Platform":[{"code":"PF002","label":"AIX"}],"Version":"5.1;5.1.1;5.2;5.2.1;5.2.2;5.2.3;5.2.4;5.2.5;5.2.6;5.2.7;5.2.8","Edition":"","Line of Business":{"code":"LOB26","label":"Storage"}}]

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Modified date:
22 February 2022