Cisco TAR file format

I needed to upload the device manager HTML files to a Cisco switch separately because I was low on flash space. You can’t download the HTML separately from Cisco (at least not for the 2950 switch I was upgrading) so I had to make the TAR myself.

So I made up a TAR file with the usual tar -cf command and tried to load it, but got a checksum error:

Loading html.tar 
PaxHeader/html (unknown file type)  -- ignored!
%Tar checksum error in

Turns out that Cisco requires and old format TAR file (compatible with V7 UNIX.) Create the archive with tar -cof and it will work out.