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I know this question was previously asked on this site before like here 1 and here 2 but no success for me.

I want to extract the Measures folder from my S012011_csv.tar.gz zipped file. If I do tar -ztvf file.tar.gz to see the content, you can see the folder directory structure:



and so on (yes there are //).

I only want to extract the subfolder Measures under folder S012011_csv in the current directory of the .tar.gz folder.

I have tried all these options but no success:

tar -xvzf S012011-v41_csv.tar.gz --strip=6 ./global//scratch//chamar//book//S012011-v41_csv/Mearsures/*

tar -xvzf S012011-v41_csv.tar.gz --strip=6 global//scratch//chamar//book//S012011-v41_csv/Mearsures/*

tar -xvzf S012011-v41_csv.tar.gz --strip=6 global/scratch/chamar/book/S012011-v41_csv/Mearsures/*

tar -xvzf S012011-v41_csv.tar.gz global/scratch/chamar/book/S012011-v41_csv/Mearsures/*

What am I doing wrong?

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Try this:

tar -xvzf S012011-v41_csv.tar.gz "*S012011-v41_csv*Mearsures*"
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It doesn't do anything. If I keep the -v option it only prints on screen the content of my folder Measures. Thanks for the suggestion. – CharlesM Apr 27 '14 at 20:09
Try adding the --strip-path argument for removing all directories before and after the files you want to extract. I think the double slash could have something to do with this. – Apr 27 '14 at 21:39
nope... I get this: *S012011-v41_csv*Mearsures*: Not found in archive tar: Error exit delayed from previous errors – CharlesM Apr 27 '14 at 22:04
I think you are right... the // is the problem... how can I bypass this? – CharlesM Apr 27 '14 at 22:42
I don't know. My bet was trying to make tar not use the double slashes in the output file name. But seems not to be working. – Apr 27 '14 at 22:53

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