I have Redhat Linux with Fedora Core on my (rented) server. I can reach the server remotely, via putty. I have two big problems now. I would be most grateful for any help.
1. I have TAR 1.14. No matter if I try the --version switches or the --portability switch, I ALWAYS run into the following problem:
On my server the archived file can be extracted or viewed probably, in midnight commander too. BUT: I want to extract the file on my home PC where I have WinXP. I download the TAR file via FTP, and I tried a lot of archivers, even TAR for windows, to open/extract the TAR file I made on my server, but it ALWAYS displays ONE file of the archive, together with its path etc. but always one file, and IGNORES all other parts (all subdirs and all files in them) of the archive. So I can extract one file even if the archive has 1000+ files in it, because it thinks it contains only one file. Sometimes I get an unexpected end of archive error message. As I said, everything is fine if I extract it on the server, with TAR 1.14...
2. Why do I need to make TARs from my files? Because I have to backup all my data because the operation system must be reinstalled in it because the server is running in Recovery mode at the moment because it went down, and it did not want to run in normal mode again. I was told that files of PSA (Plesk) are missing, and that is why Normal mode does not work. I dont understand how files can disappear from one moment to another... is it possible due to some misconfiguration? or hack?
Thank you in advance, quick help would be very good as I am concerned about all this