An archive file format (and the program that reads it) commonly used on Unix and Linux.

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How to open tar gz file created using tar piped to gzip

I wanted to generate a tar gz file with the highest compression level, and I followed the solution from http://superuser.com/a/546509/461740: tar cv /path/to/directory | gzip -9 > file.tar.gz ...
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Halting tar after locating entry or EOF in an actual tape archive

I've just been handed a pile of LTO-5s and a tape library, and the exciting task of extracting a subset of files. Order of magnitude is 60 tapes from said pile, around 10,000 files of 70,000 per tape ...
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Linux Mint 17.1 tar backup error

I've used the below script successfully with ubuntu 12.04. Now I did a fresh install to Linux mint 17.1 and I can't get the tar backup script to work no more. it gives an error: Here's the script, ...
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How to mount a encrypted tar file in Linux?

Let us imagine I have encrypted my tar file with gpg as we can see here but I want to mount that with archivemount (e.g.: answer) without holding the unencrypted file on disk. Is it possible? If not, ...
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Creating a tar archive from a file list AND removing full path

I'm trying to combine two options for creating a tar archive but they don't work well together. I don't know what's the problem. I use : tar -C /var/www/website html -cvzf html.tgz -T ...
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How to .tar multiple text files

I have multiple text files in a folder. I must tar them in a single tar-file. I am passing (iterate) the file names through a variable. When I do that only the first file gets tarred. Here is the ...
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Backing up linux server on ntfs harddrive

I'm looking for a way to backup my debian server. For the data partition I have a solution using rsync, the backup goes to an encrypted ntfs-drive. NTFS because I often take the drive with me to watch ...
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Is Tar a suitable archiving solution for numerous backups of data from the same folder?

I’ve recently decided to archive some data using Tar. The data consists of numerous backups of the same folder; meaning that it contains a lot of duplicates. I read that because Tar lacks an index, it ...
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powershell script extract multiple .gz file

would you please help me in this , I have multiple files .tar.gz and i need to extract them , i am able to extract the File.gz incase i have one file using the below script , please let me know how ...
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continue extracting a tarball after job is killed

I am extracting a big tarball, but the job was killed in the midway. Is it possible to continue extraction without rolling back from the beginning? The command I was using was tar xvf foo.tar.gz
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tar: How to remove files after packing but keep directory

I want tar to pack a complete directory tar cvjf dir.tbz dir But make it delete all files tar cvjf dir.tbz dir --remove-files However this removes ./dir too. So I tried to cd into directory ...
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Is it better to compress all data or compressed directories?

I'm archiving some projects, let's say each of them has own directory: projects |- project-1 |- project-2 |- project-3 I started compressing them as following: ==== SITUATION 1 ==== projects ...
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AIX 5.3 Tar - Exctact to a different directory

I am trying to extract a untar a file to a different directory on a AIX 5.3 box tar -xvf -C /tmp/ ./MyFile.tar tar: -C: No such file or directory tar -C /tmp -xvf ./MyFile.tar Usage: tar ...
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What is the correct MIME type for a tar.gz file?

What is the correct MIME type for a tar.gz file? I've searched around and found several values being used, including: application/x-gzip application/x-gtar application/x-tgz But I could find no ...
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How to untar an archive without the root folder, but keeping the full hierarchy inside it?

If I’ve got a .tar archive, and when I extract it, it gives me a single folder foo containing some more stuff, like this: foo/ something.txt another.txt bar/ something-else.txt Is there a ...
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How to count number of files in “.tar” files inside another, nested “.tar” file without extraction?

There are many solutions out there on counting of files inside a .tar file. But I have not found a solution to count number of files in .tar files inside another .tar file without extraction. For ...
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Exclude top level files from zip but include directories and contents

This is driving me nuts. All google results are for the reverse scenario. So I have a directory structure like: MyFiles | file1 | file2 | file3 | MoreFiles | | file4 | | ...
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GNU tar and condensed sparse files

My version of tar doesn't appear to be able to make non-sparse files sparse, though cp does. Are some tar implementations capable of this? (This answer suggests that they may be.) $ dd if=/dev/zero ...
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Remote backup via SSH

I have two computers, my local and remote. I want to backup remote server with tar command via ssh but saving tar file on local computer. Is it possible?
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Need to create .tgz file in Windows

I need to create a .tgz file - NOT a tar.gz, a .tgz specifically - in Windows. I've tried 7zip, Peazip, and ProgramArchiver, but they all create .tar.gz files. I've also tried running 7z from the ...
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Spaced string variable as command parameter inside shell script

How can I store a spaced string in a variable and use it as a command parameter inside a shell script? This is what I'm trying to do: DESTINATION='/mnt/External Harddisk' ...
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How to create a VM from archived linux?

There is a full backup of a 64-bit ubuntu called fullbackup.tar.gz which needs to become a live virtual machine. Is that even possible? VirtualBox file is preferred.
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Make tar archive only files without directories (equivalent of zip -D -j)

I want to tar (and gzip) files without directories and do not store directory paths. I want only flat files in my archive. For example if I'll do something like this: tar -czf archive.tgz ...
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Restoring a website from a tar.gz file

I have a backup of a website that I created using the tar command below: tar -cvpzf backup.tar.gz /var/www/vhosts/example.com/httpdocs I see that in the archive file, it has saved the entire path ...
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tar folders older from last week

I am trying to create a script that need to archive text logs from last week. Basically we have a path where we have folders on date as follows, Each folder contains csv files containing data for ...
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Does specifying the compression engine to tar directly actually use less intermediate disk space than tarring first and then compressing?

When I use tar to archive a directory and then compress it separately using e.g. xz, there will be a point where I have three files on my system - dir, dir.tar and dir.tar.xz. As soon as the ...
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Which is the preferred approach to pass command/script arguments to a log file?

Generally, I am wondering how I can pass the arguments from a terminal command to stdout. More specifically, I am using tar as part of my backup process and I would like the parameters (especially ...
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How to compile predictive mode using Gow instead of Cygwin on Windows?

I want to install the predictive mode for latex in Emacs editor. Since I have windows so I should have the make utility available. I don't want to install the fussy Cygwin (over 100MB), but the much ...
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Why tar hangs failing to extract a file

I am using a Solaris 11 system and am trying to extract from a tar file which I know to be OK, but when I try to extract it, tar hangs. I don't get any feedback from tar. What areas of Solaris should ...
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Downloading large amount of files from unix server

there are about 7000000 files in a single directory summing up to a total of 650 GB. (listing them alone is not even possible) what options do i have to download these? i was thinking of using tar ...
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How do I get file permissions to carry over from Windows to Linux via Python?

I recently replaced an outdated packaging script written as a batch file with a new one written in Python. We build/package the software on a Windows machine, then deploy it to a Linux machine. More ...
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tar complains “No such file or directory”

I'm using bash on Windows (distributed along with msysgit) to zip log files - one archive per date. Problem is, following script does not work and I have no idea why. Cut is here to get part of the ...
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How to install u-torrent from a tar.gz on Kali Linux?

I am trying to install u-torrent, from utserver.tar.gz file. I have used the commands: root@kali:~# cd ~/Desktop root@kali:~/Desktop# ls [kickass.so]easy.recovery.essentials.pro.win.8.7.xp.torrent ...
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Find files then tar with wildcard

I have a series of files called: 2014111test.log 2014111test.log.stuff 2014111test.log.flibble 2014115test.log 2014115test.log.stuff 2014115test.log.flibble I want to find all the log files over a ...
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How to extract single file from large tar/tar.gz file

What I want to do is to extract a single file from a huge tar file, instead of extracting the whole tar. I am using RHEL 6.4 I Googled it and tried the following: tar --extract --file=some.tar ...
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Tar archive won't unpack – “Path contains '..'”

The name of the file 2014-12-12 04-00-01.tar. I executed the command: tar xvf 2014-12-12\ 04-00-01.tar The output is many lines of the form: x ../server/: Path contains '..' And then a few of ...
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tar xvf with * failed on some platform like HP-UX or SuSE

tar xvf archive.tar *.txt failed on HP-UX and SuSE. How can I extract only files matching *.txt for a tar archive ? I could use --wildcards on SuSE but this not work on HP-UX I'm on HP-UX 11iv2 ...
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GNU tar treatment of symbolic link timestamp

I need to use (GNU) tar to move a directory tree from one Linux machine to another, and I want symbolic links to remain symbolic links. I did it with just the usual command line options (cf and xf). ...
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Why does the ls command require a dash before its parameters but for tar command, the dash is optional?

I am new to Ubuntu and I am trying hard to understand the command line. When I want to see the contents of a tar file I use: tar tf tarfile.tar But when I want to see a listing of all file if I ...
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Unrecognized archive format when trying to extract content from a TAR archive

I have an uncompressed TAR file created on Linux. If I use less to view the file I can see all the data; mostly code files. However if I try to decompress it I get the following error: tar: ...
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cpio VS tar - what the best archive solution in order to compress hundred of directories to one file

in my Linux machine under /var/Recording directory. I have hundreds directories and each directory there are also directories and files include hard links and soft link . I want to compress all ...
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Extracting a tar.gz file returns, “This does not look like a tar archive.”

I have a tar.gz file and I want to extract it using terminal. I used following commands: tar tvzf ldtp_3.5.0.orig.tar.gz and tar -xvzf ldtp_3.5.0.orig.tar.gz. However, I get the same result for both ...
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recreating just the uid/gid unix permissions from tar

I was restoring a root partition based on a tar backup from system-rescue-cd. It went ok except the uid/gid mappings on the system-rescue-cd disk did not match the ones on this debian system that I ...
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tar command does not list content of tar package with -t option

I am trying to list the content of the tar archive with the following command tar -t "filename".tar But the shell works on this one forever without any output message. I did a research on this ...
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How to tar a directory preserving not only permissions, but ownership too

I have to compress a directory using tar.gz preserving not only permissions, but ownership/groups too. And, in this directory there are many files that belong to many users.
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Search through tar files for a pattern and print the full path of what's found

I have directory tree with many tar files. Each tar file contains many other files. I want to search through all the tar files for a given pattern, and print the full path of any files within a tar ...
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Tar using progress bar and handling multi-volumes

I'm trying to create a tar of a large LVM volume onto multiple external drives. That part is solved. Now, because it is a LONG process, I'd like a progress bar. From the excellent articles here, ...
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Tar not preserving permissions on extract

I'm backing up a users folder as root using tar tar -czf /mnt/disk/cloud.tar.gz -C /home/cloud/ . In /mnt/disk I do a test tar ztvf cloud.tar.gz and it shows -rw-r--r-- cloud/cloud 14 ...
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Can't download hadoop

Am I taking crazy pills or is it impossible to download hadoop right now? I am looking at http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/hadoop/common/ to find mirrors for it and absolutely none of them work ...
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Common tips for compressing/extracting large folders? [closed]

Are there any common tehniques or issues I need to be aware that can speed up or make more robust the process of compressing/uncompresing large (>60gig) folders with many (>3000 files) elements ...