RHEL7: Getting "tar: write error" message when untaring from a pipe executing "ssh" command

Solution Verified - Updated -


  • When executing a tar command piped from a ssh command, the tar command sometimes exits with message tar: write error, as shown in the example below

    $ (ssh -n remotesystem "cd src && tar cf - ." | (cd dst && tar xpvBf -)) 2>&1 | grep "write error"
    tar: write error
  • The issue mainly happens when using ksh as user shell. It happens rarely with bash but may happen anyway.


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7
    • openssh
    • tar
    • ksh or bash

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