Any ideas what would cause a segmentation fault while untar’ing a file? I’m not sure if it’s running out of diskspace or not — the untar process runs for a long time on that file, so that could be it, but there is nothing else (besides the default stuff) on that partition. The only other thing I noticed was that a lot of the files coming out of the failing tar were PowerPC related — I have the MIPS version, but I can’t see how that would have any effect. They’re just files being extracted at that point…
The other thing is that if you are dumping binaries for a different architecture over the top of existing binaries (wonder if that’s the case or not), then that might explain why it’s not happy.
Here’s something http://www.geishuettner.de/docs/Linkstation/, which might be enough to get debian up on it.