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

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Does archive size of tar, zip and rar effect the time it takes to delete a file from it?

Does it take a longer time to delete files from a large tar zip and rar archive than a smaller one? I would think that for a file to be deleted from an archive, all the data that exists after the ...
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“tar -czf” for first 5 thousand files

I have a directory with too much files in it. I want to compress first 5 thousand files in that directory to become file.tar.gz and then 5001 - 10000...and so on how to do it?
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How to install a tar.gz on Windows?

I have installed a MPD (Music Player Daemon) on my Raspberry Pi (running under Unix). Then GMPC (the client) on Windows. There is a plugin for the GMPC to catch the album covers, but it is a tar.gz ...
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How to tar/zip a parent directory exculding a child direcory

I want tar a direcory which contains a number of child directories. But here my requirement is to tar the entire parent direcory excuding one child directory. Is there any command or procedure for ...
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Create a tarball with a fake `root`

I'm working on something in a Makefile that will look something like this: tarball: mkdir -p tmp/tarball/etc/service mkdir -p tmp/tarball/usr/local mkdir -p ...
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How to Copy Large Directory to External Hard Drive Linux

I've formatted a 3TB external hard drive as ext4 using fdisk (actually gnu fdisk), mounted it at /media/external and am trying to copy my entire home directory to it. My first attempt I thought was ...
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installing vlc-tar.bz2 and gcc.tar

I need to install vlc player in fedora which is a tar.bz2 file. How can i install it ? Someone told me that gcc is needed to install this software. How do install gcc-4.6.2.tar ? Please list the ...
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Is there a way to diagnose a tar file when, on extract, files are missing but no errors are given?

I have tar files where I archive about 250 files, each about 80 Mb, without compression. In a few cases tar is only returning some of the files. For example, when doing an extract of the file using: ...
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I cannot open folders in .tar file

I've downloaded factory image for my Nexus4 mobile, the Image folder is compressed in .tar file but it tells me that its unknown file Type: File ,, how can i open it? here take some photo of my ...
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Extract a section of a tgz file

I have a 28.5 GB .tgz file which was created on the command line of a Linux computer, compressing one folder and all its many many subfolders. I now want to extract a single sub-sub folder from that ...
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Installing tar.bz2 file of VLC player

I am a new user to Linux. I need to install VLC player in Fedora. I downloaded tar.bz2 package for VLC player. How do I install this player? I searched how to install tar.bz2 and i tried this: I ...
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Extract untarred files from a tgz in linux

I have a large .tgz file which is of very large size(19GB). I started the untar operation in vmware last night but in the morning, I saw a blue screen of death. I dont want to waste time on untarring ...
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How to install get-iplayer from source file?

I want to install the latest version of get-iplayer in Debian, and I've got its source file, a tarball file, from here. However, I don't know what to do with it. Usually when I come across a tarball, ...
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“Unexpected end of file” error while uncompressing lzma file

I've got a file called foo.tar.lzma. While trying to decompress it, I get "Unerwartetes Dateiende" ("Unexpected end of file"). I assume I lost quite a lot of bytes, but 1.1 GB are still there. The ...
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Modifying the path inside an archive for extraction

I would like to change the path of extraction of a .tar.gz archive. The files are supposed to extract as ./1/2/3/4/files, ./1/2/3files and so on. The .1/2 part of those is common to all the files. ...
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backup of old Mac, but tar says: Error exit delayed from previous errors

I try to backup an old Mac OS X Tiger 10.4 before upgrading it to 10.6. All the files to be backed up are located within the /Users/Johndoe folder. cd /tmp sudo tar cvpf backup.tar /Users/Johndoe ...
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How do I back up images with limited disk space?

I'm in a scenario where I have one 500GB hard drive and about 400GB of images I want to tar. I obviously won't have enough disk space, but I don't mind getting rid of the images as they are added to ...
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Backing up a directory of data incrementally in linux

I have a directory full of files that remain relatively static. However, some files are moved between subdirectories. I create a full backup every month of this data because it's a lot of data. I'd ...
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download a large file TAR using SFTP

I am trying to download from a remote server ( in UK I am in the USA) a large file using SFTP (50GB) It starts but (maybe 10% done) it abandons it and says "too large" Is there another way to get ...