How to fix VirtualBox error when you try to import an ova file

If you download an ova file to import it to Virtualbox, maybe you will see the following message:

Failed to import appliance filename.ova.

Seeking within the archive failed (VERR_TAR_UNEXPECTED_EOS).

Result Code: VBOX_E_IPRT_ERROR (0x80BB0005)
Component: ApplianceWrap
Interface: IAppliance {8398f026-4add-4474-5bc3-2f9f2140b23e}

If you do it the same throught VBoxManage you will get:

# VBoxManage import filename.ova 
Progress state: VBOX_E_IPRT_ERROR
VBoxManage: error: Appliance import failed
VBoxManage: error: Seeking within the archive failed (VERR_TAR_UNEXPECTED_EOS)
VBoxManage: error: Details: code VBOX_E_IPRT_ERROR (0x80bb0005), component ApplianceWrap, interface IAppliance
VBoxManage: error: Context: "RTEXITCODE handleImportAppliance(HandlerArg*)" at line 877 of file VBoxManageAppliance.cpp

To fix it, you must extract ova content and compress again as follows:

tar xvf filename.ova
tar cvf newfilename.ova filename.ovf filename.vmdk

Also, you can import the virtual machine with double click on .ovf file
Enjoy it!


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