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    VMware tar modification

    Hello.

    There is such a company - VMware. It produces virtualization software,
    including ESXi hypervizor. Most of ESXi distribution files are internally
    packed with modified tar algorithm.
    Sometimes people need to modify ESXi image - i.e. add some software
    or absent drivers, etc. As VMware uses its own tar modification the only
    way to do the job is to use ESXi console and its internal vmtar utility.
    I'd like to have vmtar packer\unpacker as standalone executable, which
    i could use in Windows.
    The best option would be 7-Zip to support vmtar, but topic on 7-Zip forum
    has no answers yet. There are some more info in that post, including
    some Python code from VMware itself.
    I tried to make some python script hacking, but being not a programmer,
    my attempt failed. I will be much appreciate to any help - any utility to
    compile to .exe, any script or something similar to use.

    Thanks.

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    Thumbs up

    Thank you, Eugene! You've helped me a lot.

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    Hm... I've found 2 .vtar files which were not completely converted to .shar.
    Here is one of them, .vtar and .tar converted with official utility: http://rghost.net/28391321
    35 MB .vtar is converted to 3 MB .shar.
    Can you look at this?

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    This helps, thank you once again.

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