Problems Installing Free Fedex Extension via Magento Connect

If running a Magento version that is pre 1.5 and are suddenly faced with an error like the one illustrated below which is stopping you from completing your installation of the free WebShopApps Fedex Shipping extension via Magento connect, its the result of a bug in the PEAR/Archive_Tar implementation

Error

“downloading webshopapps_fedexshipping-1.2.3.tgz …
Starting to download webshopapps_fedexshipping-1.2.3.tgz (88,160 bytes)
. . . . . . …done: 88,160 bytes
ERROR: unable to unpack /Applications/MAMP/htdocs/41/store/downloader/pearlib/download/webshopapps_fedexshipping-1.2.3.tgz”

Solution

To fix the problem, simply replace the downloader/pearlib/php/Archive/Tar.php file with the patch file available here

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