Re: kernels

Brad Littlejohn (
Sun, 17 Sep 1995 22:49:46 -0500 (CDT)

> I have spent several hours to download various kernel updates from a
> variety of sources. When I tried to decompress the linux-x.x.x.tar.gz
> files I would get a statement to the effect that I had multiple-part
> tar.gz files and that I should get a newer version of gzip.
> Today I downloaded linux-1.3.27.tar.gz from (1.1 MB) and the
> same file from (3 MB). The former cannot be
> unzipped (see above statement).

From what I see here, the one that was mirrored at was a
bad kernel. As of lately, kernels have been as big as 2.9M to 3M. So
unfortunately, you picked up a bogus kernel.

The latter could be unzipped but had
> at the end the statement "Broken pipe". It could of course not be
> compiled.

Actually, that kernel could have been compiled. I received the same
thing downloading the kernel from helsinki. The reason you're getting the
broken pipe, is when you're untarring it (I'm assuming syntax is gzip -cd
linux-x.xx.xx.tar.gz|tar -xvf -), after it's done, you're getting the error
via the piping to tar. It's tar that's giving you the error, not the kernel.
It should still be fine. Correct me if I'm wrong, gurus! :)

What I would like to know is why 2 files with identical names
> have considerably different sizes (1.1 vs. 3 MB). Shouldn't there be some
> indication that a file is only a part and that other parts are required?
> And why are files which obviously don't work available for downloading at
> all? I would like to point out, however, that a number of files
> (linux-1.2.8.tar.gz and linux-1.3.9.tar.gz for instance) were downloaded
> and could not be unzipped (see above) whereas the same files (but larger
> in size), downloaded from, worked like a charm. I
> would very much appreciate any hints as to what is going on there.

Simplest answer is, the site in France mirrored a bogus kernel. Who
knows which site it came from. It's best to get them from If I remember correct,
doesn't FUNET mirror that, then Sunsite mirrors FUNET, then the world mirrors
Sunsite? Somewhere along the way, someone mirrored a bogus kernel, then you
got stuck with a bum steer..