How to fix : Cannot extract through symlink

Tijl Coosemans tijl at
Thu Dec 21 19:01:14 UTC 2017

On Thu, 21 Dec 2017 14:37:43 +0000 Manish Jain <bourne.identity at> wrote:
> Whenever I try to install any rpm under my Linuxulator (linux_base-c7), 
> I get the error: cannot extract through <sym>
> <sym> can be bin / sbin / lib / lib64, which are symbolic links to 
> usr/<sym> (under the path /compat/linux/)
> Each time I am faced with this problem, I have to delete <sym> and copy 
> the actual directory in its place. But this is far less than ideal.
> 1) Is there some way I can avoid the above mess ?
> 2) If not, there was a time under Unix when hard-linking a directory was 
> possible. Is there some hack by which I could hard-link directories 
> under FreeBSD ?

Try extracting with tar -P, but please read the tar manual because -P
does other things like preserving absolute paths.

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