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"Unexpected EOF in archive" when opening backup

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by techningeer, Feb 14, 2010.

  1. techningeer

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    I was doing a full backup of my site in cPanel. I downloaded the backup file (a .tar.gz file). The archive manager reported the following message when I opened the backup:
    "gzip: stdin: unexpected end of file
    tar: Unexpected EOF in archive
    tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now"

    This is my first backup attempt. What does this mean and how do I fix this? One of my friends has also had this problem.

    Now I don't have a backup and am trying to recover my data from WordPress.
     
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    This error usually occurs if the file goes corrupt, truncated or a result of improper transfer.
    See if this discussion helps : Extracting error - Database Forum
     
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    InstaCarma, thank you for the reply. I downloaded the backup in a different browser (Mozilla Firefox). It downloaded and opened fine.

    As for the suggestion to try renaming the file, I deleted the .tar.gz extension and then opened the corrupt backup. It showed me that there was a file in it, but when I tried to extract it, it couldn't open the tar file that was in the gzip file.
     
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