Re: [Rd] "R CMD check" accepts but "R CMD INSTALL" rejects a tar ball.

From: Simon Urbanek <>
Date: Fri, 01 Apr 2011 11:53:31 -0400


     You may see warnings from the internal implementation such as
     unsupported entry type 'x'

     This often indicates an invalid archive: entry types ‘"A-Z"’ are
     allowed as extensions, but other types are reserved (this example
     is from Mac OS 10.6.3).  The only thing you can do with such an
     archive is to find a ‘tar’ program that handles it, and look
     carefully at the resulting files.

So the difference is whether you use external or internal tar. 'g' is the global pax header extension so the format you created is really pax and not tar (pax defines two new types 'x' and 'g').


On Apr 1, 2011, at 10:19 AM, Hin-Tak Leung wrote:

> I have somehow managed to made a source tar ball which "R CMD check" accepts but "R CMD INSTALL" rejects with:
> ------------------
> Warning in untar2(tarfile, files, list, exdir) :
> checksum error for entry 'pax_global_header'
> Error in untar2(tarfile, files, list, exdir) : unsupported entry type ‘g’

> ------------------
> This happens with both R 2.12.2 (x86 linux) and R svn (x86_64 linux). Since R CMD check does install as part of the check process, there is probably a bug somewhere. The tar ball is uploaded at:
> and tar -xzpvf works. It is possible to do R CMD INSTALL from the untar'ed data, so I am a bit lost at where the problem is.
> The tar ball was generated with
> git archive ... | gzip > package.tar.gz
> similar to the example at the bottom of git-archive.
> It is the result of git cherry-pick trunk_at_2658 + Matrix-for-R-2.13_at_2657 .
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