Last updated on August 26, 2020 by Dan Nanni
tarcommand, it fails in the middle, and throws an error saying:
tar: Exiting with failure status due to previous errors.What causes this error, and how can I solve this error?
If you encounter the following error while running
tar command, the most likely reason is that you do not have read permission on one of the files you are trying to archive with
tar: Exiting with failure status due to previous errors
Then how can we pin down the file(s) causing the errors, or identify any other cause?
tar command should actually print out what those "previous errors" are, but you can easily miss printed error messages if you run
tar in verbose mode (e.g.,
-cvf). To catch error messages more easily, you can filter out
stdout messages as follows.
$ tar cvfz backup.tgz my_program/ > /dev/null
You will then see only error messages sent by
tar: my_program/src/lib/.conf.db.~lock~: Cannot open: Permission denied tar: Exiting with failure status due to previous errors
As you can see in the above example, the cause for the errors is indeed "denied read permission."
To solve the problem, simply adjust the permission of the problematic file (or remove it), and re-run