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I'm trying to create tar.gz file using the following command:

sudo tar -vcfz dvr_rdk_v1.tar.gz dvr_rdk/

It then start to create files (many files in folder), but then I get the following error:

tar: dvr_rdk_v1.tar.gz: Cannot stat: No such file or directory
tar: Exiting with failure status due to previous errors

I don't see any description of this error, what does it mean?

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up vote 19 down vote accepted

Remove - from vcfz options. tar does not need hyphen for options.

Also check your write permission to the directory from which you are executing the command.

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thanks, you're right. I just removed the "-", and it works. – ransh Aug 10 '14 at 10:18
It doesn't need hyphens, but they shouldn't be a problem, they're just optional – Michael Mrozek Aug 10 '14 at 19:00
@MichaelMrozek Actually, removing the - does make a difference, because GNU tar is quirky. Option arguments can't be bundled in the first argument when it doesn't start with a -, so the argument to f is the next argument to tar, and so tar vcfz dvr_rdk_v1.tar.gz is equivalent to tar -v -c -f dvr_rdk_v1.tar.gz -z. – Gilles Aug 10 '14 at 22:19

The -f option should directly precede the filename. So, use tar -vczf filename.tar.gz instead of -vcfz

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This should be the accepted answer – redDevil May 5 at 3:17

The tar command historically has been one of the few commands that doesn't follow the Unix utility syntax guidelines.

The standards page for tar says:

Use the first file operand (or the second, if b has already been specified) as the name of the archive instead of the system-dependent default

While the syntax guidelines include this:

Guideline 5:
One or more options without option-arguments, followed by at most one option that takes an option-argument, should be accepted when grouped behind one '-' delimiter.

So while the command you typed, tar -vcfz dvr_rdk_v1.tar.gz dvr_rdk/, would be fine on older versions of tar, certain versions of tar that are written to strictly follow the utility syntax guidelines will parse this to mean "use z as the file argument to -f". So you should use the following to be portable:

tar -cvzf dvr_rdk_v1.tar.gz dvr_rdk/
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To create the archive

$ tar -cvf music.tar Music/

This shows the list of file & folders

$ tar -tvf music.tar         

And to extract again

$ tar -xvf music.tar         
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This does not really explain his error, right? This is just explaining the usage of tar. – Bernhard Aug 10 '14 at 8:23
@Bernhard Well, his error was that he was using tar wrong, although it's nice to at least mention what the key difference is (moving -f to the end) – Michael Mrozek Aug 10 '14 at 19:01
@MichaelMrozek Well, he rather left out the z than put f in the end, hence my comment. – Bernhard Aug 10 '14 at 19:06
This command working for ubuntu, It will success – dhamu Sep 6 '14 at 13:23
OK! sorry, I am not listening you question, but the command working for ubuntu. – dhamu Sep 6 '14 at 13:32

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