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    Question p7zip "E_FAIL" error, help?

    So the back story is that when I first got onto Ubuntu I used Archive Manager to 7zip a bunch of my files (what I now know is p7zip) I put a password on them as I wanted to keep these files safe. They were my back-up files. The time has come to where I need my backups but I keep getting this E_FAIL error.

    I am told it is because p7zip cannot open the password prompt, so can anyone tell me how to open it? I really need to access these files again...

    Code:
    7-Zip 9.04 beta  Copyright (c) 1999-2009 Igor Pavlov  2009-05-30
    p7zip Version 9.04 (locale=en_US.UTF-8,Utf16=on,HugeFiles=on,4 CPUs)
    
    Error: /media/2067-C4DB/fresh/~Emergency Drive~.7z.001: E_FAIL                
    
    Errors: 1
    Edit: I already installed the "p7zip-full package" package
    Last edited by kenji_03; March 2nd, 2010 at 05:34 AM. Reason: added "p7zip-full package" info

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    Re: p7zip "E_FAIL" error, help?

    ...as per this thread, e_fail error means short of space to do decompression:
    http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=397763

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    Re: p7zip "E_FAIL" error, help?

    I have over 16 gigs of free space for 3 5mb 7zip files. I cannot be "out of space"...

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    Re: p7zip "E_FAIL" error, help?

    What was the command you gave to invoke 7zip? Are you trying to extract the files to the same directory, which is on read only media?

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    Re: p7zip "E_FAIL" error, help?

    Quote Originally Posted by kenji_03 View Post
    I am told it is because p7zip cannot open the password prompt
    Then why don't you try the -pSuperSecretPassword option ?

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    Re: p7zip "E_FAIL" error, help?

    Quote Originally Posted by Yannick Le Saint kyncani View Post
    Then why don't you try the -pSuperSecretPassword option ?
    Ya know... I'm not sure if you are joking or not...

    Edit: I'm not "zipping" (compressing) a file I am unzipping (decompressing) a file and it gives me that E_Fail error. I have over 16 gigs of free space. I got it to ask me for the password but upon entering it I am returned with the same "e_fail" error...
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:P7...nal_output.png

    Edit 2: I just tried the -p(pass) switch, no good. To test what's happening I made a new 7zip archive, split it into 2 volumes, and set a password like before. This time I get the prompt so something else is happening here... it might be that it's not reading I have the space but how can I fix that when I DO have the space?
    Last edited by kenji_03; March 4th, 2010 at 04:01 PM. Reason: (1) Adding info (2) added part 2 (3) deleted some saucy remarks from edit 1

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    Re: p7zip "E_FAIL" error, help?

    No, -p is for entering the password rather than waiting to be prompted for it and typing it in then. And again, WHERE are you trying to extract? It does not matter how much free space you have on the hard disk if you are trying to extract to some other disk that is full, like a read only cdrom.

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    Re: p7zip "E_FAIL" error, help?

    Quote Originally Posted by psusi View Post
    What was the command you gave to invoke 7zip? Are you trying to extract the files to the same directory, which is on read only media?
    I have the files in my home/user folder and have tried accessing them with "sudo natilus" along with "sudo 7za -p (file)" I am now able to get the password up but it doesn't seem to be helping.

    I have been using the "extract here" command with natiuls.

    Edit: thank you for trying to help me on this, sorry for taking so long to reply as I'm frustrated from not simply being able to unzip this.
    Last edited by kenji_03; March 4th, 2010 at 04:04 PM. Reason: adding a thank you

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    Re: p7zip "E_FAIL" error, help?

    Ahh... ok, from what you originally posted it looked like you were trying to extract it right there on the cdrom. What is the exact command and results when you try running 7z on the command line?

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    Re: p7zip "E_FAIL" error, help?

    Quote Originally Posted by psusi View Post
    Ahh... ok, from what you originally posted it looked like you were trying to extract it right there on the cdrom. What is the exact command and results when you try running 7z on the command line?
    The file name is "~Emergency\ Drive~.7z.001" in terminal's "dir".
    no Sudo
    Code:
    kenji03@K:~$ 7za e -p ~Emergency\ Drive~.7z.001
    
    7-Zip (A) 9.04 beta  Copyright (c) 1999-2009 Igor Pavlov  2009-05-30
    p7zip Version 9.04 (locale=en_US.UTF-8,Utf16=on,HugeFiles=on,4 CPUs)
    
    Processing archive: ~Emergency Drive~.7z.001
    
    Error: E_FAIL
    Sudo
    Code:
    kenji03@K:~$ sudo 7za e -p ~Emergency\ Drive~.7z.001
    [sudo] password for kenji03: 
    
    7-Zip (A) 9.04 beta  Copyright (c) 1999-2009 Igor Pavlov  2009-05-30
    p7zip Version 9.04 (locale=en_US.UTF-8,Utf16=on,HugeFiles=on,4 CPUs)
    
    Processing archive: ~Emergency Drive~.7z.001
    
    Error: E_FAIL
    I just realized I may of been mistaking the Sudo password prompt for a 7zip password prompt

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