I am trying to install gnu-tar based on a tutorial guide I am following. However, I am facing some issues having the installing using the following command brew install gnu-tar --with-default-names)

The laptop I have to install it on belongs to the company and I am not given root access to perform sudo commands (however, I am granted administrative rights or it).

Is there an alternative way to install gnu-tar without brew or anything that requires sudo?

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    @LangLangC I am running Sierra. I found a solution to install homebrew locally - superuser.com/questions/619498/…. However, I am getting some other errors after successfully installing my required packages. Not sure if they are related. Jan 29, 2018 at 11:35
  • Then please update your Q with an edit to include the new information from these comments and your findings. (Comments are volatile) Jan 29, 2018 at 11:39

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Get GNU Tar from Rudix.

You don't need to use Rudix's command-line tool. Just download a pkg from GNU Tar and open it. This will install GNU Tar in /usr/local.

  • The given Link to download GNU Tar does not work anymore :( Feb 20, 2020 at 14:30
  • @MuhammadFaizanUlHaq, that's too bad! Rudix is useful but used to be more useful...
    – lhf
    Feb 20, 2020 at 17:21

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