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Let's say I have the archive website.tar.gz, inside is the following folder structure :

home  
  -mike 
    -www
      -coolwebsite
        file1
        file2
        file3
        etc.

When I extract the achive, it recreates exactly the same folder hierarchy (of course). I was hoping there was a way to extract for example only the "coolwebsite" folder to whichever folder I'm in at the moment.

So if I'm on my server in mydir/ and I extract website.tar.gz, I want the result to be the coolwebsite folder, without all the preceding folders. Is that possible ?

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Just try this:

tar xvf tarfile --strip=4 ./home/mike/www/coolwebsite/*

should remove to 4 levels of directories (including ".")

EDIT: add option z (i.e. tar xzvf ...) if the input file is gzip'ed

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This command didn't work for me with GNU tar 1.23 (Error: tar: ./Symfony/*: Not found in archive. It did work when I removed the ./ part from the path however. And yes, I can confirm that the top level directory inside the archive was named Symfony. Additionally I had to append the --wildcards option. Maybe this answer needs an update? –  Hubro Apr 17 '13 at 16:06
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