Tar UTF-8 conversion error

We're occasionally seeing the following errors when using tar
under Solaris 9 and Solaris 10 (SPARC):

UTF-8 conversion failed.


invalid character in UTF-8 conversion

Clearly, there seem to be problematic characters in
the filenames.

Is the only solution to rename the files and remove the
incompatible characters?

I'm also hoping to understand the root of the problem here.

Is it accurate that tar is attempting to store the filename
in Unicode, and when it encounters a character in the filename
that cannot be stored in Unicode, tar is unable to archive the

Thanks in advance.

Stanley E. Laufer
Network Administrator
School of Library and Information Science
San Jose State University
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