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This post is to note some of the common issues which I have seen and their workarounds.

  1. Error while trying to compress a file using tar
    tar: regression-batch1.2013Feb09_20\:05\:59.tar.gz: Cannot open: Input/output error
    tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now

    Command executed: 
    tar -zcvf regression-batch1.2013Feb09_20:05:59.tar.gz regression-batch1.2013Feb09_20:05:59

    Reason for the Error: The file name contains special character colon ":" which tar thinks that its a remote file.

    Solution: Add the "--force-local" switch along with the command which solves the problem.
    Another way to resolve is by giving complete path name in the command.
    eg: tar --force-local -zcvf regression-batch1.2013Feb09_20:05:59.tar.gz regression-batch1.2013Feb09_20:05:59

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