Why am I getting errors during a full system backup using tar?

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4


During a full system backup using tar, "file shrank by n bytes; padding with zeros" error messages are generated


This happens when tar is doing a backup of the /sys partition, the mount point for the RAM based sysfs

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