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    Installing Gentoo stage3: first tarball "Archive contains obsolescent base-64 headers"

    Using a pentium3, therefore using that stage. When executing the first tar command in /mnt/gentoo (# tar -xvjpf /mnt/cdrom/stages/stage3-.... ) it runs all fine until it halts with this error:

    tarball extracting all nice, until:
    tar: ./usr/lib/locale/locale-archive: wrote only 6144 of 10240 bytes
    tar: Skipping to next header
    tar: Archive contains obsolescent base-64 headers
    tar: Error exit delayed from previous errors

    What do I do? What is the problem? I hope someone can help this n00b :P Thanks in advance!

  2. #2
    Did you download the CD for Gentoo from the net?
    If so, check the md5sum - you might have an iffy download. If the md5 is ok, try re-burning the CD - I've had install problems when using a scratched or dirty disk to install, or just by getting windows to burn the cd
    Good luck!

  3. #3
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    Jul 2003
    Stockholm, Sweden
    you might be able to recover most if not all of the data using this command:

    cpio -H -ivd /path/to/archive
    If it fails then you should download a new archive from if you have network access.

    The best bet is to do what greenpenguin suggests and either reburn the cd which might fix it or get a new one.

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    Thanks y'all for the help

    I checked and after that burned the disc again, without getting rig off the problem. What did help, though, was mounting the partitions for /root and /boot to /mnt/gentoo. I hope I did well there, since thi wasn't mentioned in the handbook (or I must have overlooked it several times).

    Hope I will be able to install it all, now! Yesterday at 3am I went to bed after I found out my /boot partition was too small when trying to emerge grub..

  6. #5
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    Jul 2003
    Stockholm, Sweden
    32MB or even 16mb is enough for /boot

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