Can someone tell me what I am doing wrong. I did what it says in the book.. The file which results, z, is the size I would expect, 2.2 GB.

I should mention here how right you were when you guessed that the instability of my openSUSE 12.2 was due to my laptop being dirty and overheating. It was cleaned and I got a frame to lift if from the table and to keep it cooler. No more problems with that now. Actually, I went to Linux because my Windows 7 had become unstable. Windows, too, runs nicely now but...........I am not going back to it, I **** SUSE a lot better!

Thank yoi,
pe1800

pe1800@linux-gkd7:~> pwd
/home/pe1800
pe1800@linux-gkd7:~> ls -l
total 44
drwx------ 2 pe1800 users 4096 Aug 5 12:52 bin
drwx------ 2 pe1800 users 4096 Jun 3 18:38 Desktop
drwx------ 9 pe1800 users 4096 Aug 20 18:55 Documents
drwx------ 2 pe1800 users 4096 Sep 9 11:12 Downloads
drwx------ 2 pe1800 users 4096 Apr 5 12:48 Music
drwx------ 12 pe1800 users 4096 Sep 9 21:12 Pictures
drwx------ 2 pe1800 users 4096 Mar 29 14:11 Public
drwx------ 2 pe1800 users 4096 Mar 29 14:09 public_html
drwxr-xr-x 2 pe1800 users 4096 Aug 14 13:36 technotes
drwx------ 2 pe1800 users 4096 Apr 23 15:52 Templates
drwx------ 2 pe1800 users 4096 Mar 29 14:11 Videos
pe1800@linux-gkd7:~> tar -cfz backup-pe1800.tar.gz *
tar: backup-pe1800.tar.gz: Cannot stat: No such file or directory
tar: Exiting with failure status due to previous errors

pe1800@linux-gkd7:~> ls -l
total 2333660
drwx------ 2 pe1800 users 4096 Aug 5 12:52 bin
drwx------ 2 pe1800 users 4096 Jun 3 18:38 Desktop
drwx------ 9 pe1800 users 4096 Aug 20 18:55 Documents
drwx------ 2 pe1800 users 4096 Sep 9 11:12 Downloads
drwx------ 2 pe1800 users 4096 Apr 5 12:48 Music
drwx------ 12 pe1800 users 4096 Sep 9 21:12 Pictures
drwx------ 2 pe1800 users 4096 Mar 29 14:11 Public
drwx------ 2 pe1800 users 4096 Mar 29 14:09 public_html
drwxr-xr-x 2 pe1800 users 4096 Aug 14 13:36 technotes
drwx------ 2 pe1800 users 4096 Apr 23 15:52 Templates
drwx------ 2 pe1800 users 4096 Mar 29 14:11 Videos
-rw-r--r-- 1 pe1800 users 2389616640 Sep 11 19:23 z
pe1800@linux-gkd7:~>