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Error 'tar: Cannot use compressed or remote archives' When Extracting Oracle VM Template on Windows (Doc ID 1234845.1)

Last updated on AUGUST 04, 2018

Applies to:

Oracle VM - Version: 8.0 and later   [Release: PS8 and later ]
Information in this document applies to any platform.


You download the Oracle Virtual Machine Templates from, for example But you failed to extract it on windows:
tar xvzf OVM_EL5U2_X86_64_ORACLE11G_PVM.tgz i get
tar: Cannot use compressed or remote archives
tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now

You have verified that the MD5 checksum is correct.


Try to extract the compressed template image file on windows.


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