Overwrite bsd tar

Esimorp E eesimorp at yahoo.com
Fri Sep 23 17:34:38 UTC 2011

Hi, Damien,

Thank you for your timely response. I tried your instruction but encountered an error which I think is due the initial errors I had as a result gtar that couldn't install as either source or package.

[prom at pcbsd-2112] ~> su
[prom at pcbsd-2112] /home/prom# ls -la /usr/bin/tar
lrwxr-xr-x  1 root  wheel  6 Jul 18  2010 /usr/bin/tar -> bsdtar
[prom at pcbsd-2112] /home/prom# ls -la /usr/local/bin/gtar
ls: /usr/local/bin/gtar: No such file or directory
[prom at pcbsd-2112] /home/prom# 

Please, what would the best way to resolve this problem?

--- On Fri, 9/23/11, Damien Fleuriot <ml at my.gd> wrote:

From: Damien Fleuriot <ml at my.gd>
Subject: Re: Overwrite bsd tar
To: freebsd-questions at freebsd.org
Date: Friday, September 23, 2011, 12:11 PM

On 9/23/11 1:25 PM, Esimorp E wrote:
> Dear all,
> I tried installing GridFTP on Freebsd, had errors which a user group said is due to bsd tar and I downloaded and installed Gnu tar which is required but the command 'tar --version' still show bsd tar as the default. Tried using package and encountered error as shown below.
> [prom at pcbsd-2112] ~> tar --version
> bsdtar 2.7.0 - libarchive 2.7.0
> [prom at pcbsd-2112] ~> su
> Password:
> [prom at pcbsd-2112] /home/prom# pkg_add -r tar
> Error: Unable to get ftp://ftp.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD/ports/i386/packages-8.1-release/Latest/tar.tbz: File unavailable (e.g., file not found, no access)
> pkg_add: unable to fetch 'ftp://ftp.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD/ports/i386/packages-8.1-release/Latest/tar.tbz' by URL
> I would be grateful if anyone could help me out on how to overwrite bsd tar with Gnu tar.

Keep in mind that when you install a package or port, it installs to
/usr/local/bin or /usr/local/sbin , not /usr/bin or /bin

# ls -la /usr/bin/tar
lrwxr-xr-x  1 root  wheel  6 Feb 21  2011 /usr/bin/tar -> bsdtar
-r-xr-xr-x  1 root  wheel  62848 Feb 21  2011 /usr/bin/bsdtar

# ls -la /usr/local/bin/gtar
-r-xr-xr-x  1 root  wheel  373664 Sep 23 14:10 /usr/local/bin/gtar
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