Untar hangs on ext3 file system

Eric Sandeen sandeen at redhat.com
Mon Sep 14 16:43:22 UTC 2009

Ritesh Majumdar wrote:
> Hello List,
> I am trying to untar a 450 MB tar file on ext3 file system, but every
> time untar (using the command "tar zxvf <filename>) hangs and I see no
> disk activity. 

Stating which kernel you are using would be a help ...

stracing the untar might tell you where it's at from the userspace
perspective; echo t > /proc/sysrq-trigger would give you all of the
kernel thread tracebacks, and you could find the tar process in there to
see where it is stuck.


> While I use ReiserFS file system I can untar the same file successfully.
> I am not sure what is missing here.
> Please Help!!!
> Many Thanks,
> Ritesh.

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