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when I entered this command, I got a message 'Broken pipe' Before that, i saw a GIF file...
Maybe your disk is full. Or you're out of memory.Or by some reason it was not possible to complete the command. From a quick googling (paraphrasing a bit):
A broken pipe means one process finished before another. In this case, it
sounds like gzip aborted before tar could complete.
You can try too to do
$ tar -cvf backup.tar /path/to/directory
and do the compressing later.