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    tar command not found

    I got the following error message when using tar:
    "bash: tar -zhcvf : command not found"

    When I used which tar I got "/bin/tar"

    The path in my .bash_profile reads:
    $PATH=/usr/sbin:/sbin:/bin

    I assume something is wrong with PATH but I'm not sure what.

    I'm using Fedora 4.

    Thanks,

    Bill

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    do you have your path exported?

    might wanna add /usr/bin ... as a note

    did you relogin after making changes

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    set | grep PATH

    You can use that command to check if you have the PATH variable exported.
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    hopefully its more like export PATH=/some/new/path/to/something/exciting:/second/cool/path:$PATH (<-- for existing paths attached to the end of your new path)

    you can also set the variable earlier in the profile and export it later with PATH=.... and export PATH somewhere else, but okham's razor, use the one liner

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    tar command not found

    Many thanks for the responses.

    I do have the path exported. It's a line or two under the PATH. I also added
    user/bin and "set | grep PATH" which gave me:

    PATH=/usr/kerberos/bin:/usr/local/bin:bin:/usr/bin/:usr/x11R6/bin:/usr/sbin:
    sbin:/bin/:usr/bin

    What I don't understand is that I can use other commands in /bin such as cp,
    su, etc but not tar.

    Another thing I don't understand about PATH is why there is a difference between the PATH in my .bash_profile and the one I got using grep.

    Thanks,

    Bill

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    because you have a global path also, which is set somewhere else

    like in slackware its /etc/profile

    make sure tar is executable.

    try using the absolute path first ie

    /bin/tar -xvzf filename

    to see if it works

    it may be a bug or something other than your path
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    maybe because you had /usr/bin/ instead of /usr/bin

    dunno if the path variable is that insitant on correctness.
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    dunno if the path variable is that insitant on correctness.
    it probably is


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    Um, guys?

    Quote Originally Posted by PhilBill
    "bash: tar -zhcvf : command not found"
    bash thinks the command that got run was "tar -zhcvf ", not plain old "tar"...

    PhilBill, what were you running when you got this error? Did you have a backslash after the "tar" in the command? Did you have the first two words in double or quotes, like this:

    "tar -zhcvf" filename

    or this:

    'tar -zhcvf' filename

    ?

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    heh, talk about not seeing the forest for the trees


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    lol, bwkaz rocks
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