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

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Error messages when extracting a .tar.bz2 in Ubuntu

While extracting a .tar.bz2 file using the command tar xjf git.tar.bz2 I received error messages that shows Cannot hard link to and Cannot create symlink to What will be the reason ...
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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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tar failing to create symlink on samba mounted share

We have a perl build script which, as part of it's operation, untar's a few tarballs. One of those, openssl, contains some symlinks (libssl.so points to libssl.so.1.0.0). I am trying to run this on ...
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view zip file content in tree command style

I am seeing the zip file content using unzip -l files.zip | less but it outputs in ls style , is it possible to to display output in tree command style
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efficiently append to large tar archive

I thought that tar was meant to write out on linear media, eg. tape in the beginning. So appending further files to an existing archive should only touch it's end I guessed. However, appending a ...
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To open lrzip-compressed in Debian 8.1

I downloaded the SageMath jessie package here but I cannot open it. I get the warning in ArchiveManager Could not open this file type There is no command installed for Tar archive (lrzip-compressed) ...
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Piping back resulting stream from split remote commands

I'm trying to perform the following: (1) generating data on my local workstation (2) piping this data (huge amount!) once to my remote speedy server (3) performing two separate operations on this data,...
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7-zip archive with hard links?

I see that tar respects hard links $ ln clonezilla.iso test.iso $ tar cfvvJ archive.tar.xz *.iso -rw-r--r-- Steven 111149056 2012-03-25 07:34 clonezilla.iso hrw-r--r-- Steven 0 2012-03-25 ...
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Why am I encountering 'Error decoding stream footer' when decompressing using `pixz`?

I compressed a file using tar -pcv input_dir | pixz 8 -p8 > output.tar.xz. When I try to decompress or list the files using pixz -d and pixz -l i encounter the error Error decoding stream footer. ...
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decompress multiples pdf files without using tmp files?

I have more than 100.000 pdf files I want to decompress it, then recompress theme all in one archive file to save space. all i found is: ls | xargs -P 4 -n 1 -I {} qpdf --stream-data=uncompress {} /...
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tar --remove-files behavior: delete after every file or after completion?

Pretty much in the title. I have a box with very little disk space left and lots of data. I want to add all of the files into a tar, deleting them as I go because there is clearly not enough space to ...
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I want to take tar backup of the directory whose name will be variable

I am trying to write a shell script in which I want to take tar backup of the folders which are formed on daily basis. For example my parent directory name is "log" and under this directory a ...
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Chromium: prevent unpacking tar.gz

The latest Chrome and Chromium seems to unpack .tar.gz files automatically for me on OS X and Linux. When using wget with the same URL, it shows: $ wget http://mydomain/dir/file.tar.gz ... HTTP ...
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Is it possible to mount a .tar file?

The only result of any import when I searched for this was from 2001. In the intervening decade, have any tools/methods for mounting a tar file as a filesystem (perhaps utilizing fuse) been created? ...
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How do I password protect a .tgz file with tar in Unix?

I'm using the Unix tar command as follows to tar up a directory and its files: tar cvzf fileToTar.tgz directoryToTar Is there a way to password protect the .tgz file? I've created password-...
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Concatenate multiple tar files in one command

I receive anywhere from 4 to 100 very large tar (~20GB) archive files everyday. I have been concatenating them in the past by looping through each of the archives I see on the file system and doing ...
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tar performance writing to disk

When writing to disk (SATA) I've noticed tar seems to have a large performance hit. I'm trying to copy a, relatively, large .dmg file (556MB) from my client (OSX) across my local network as part of a ...
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Composer Install .tar.gz

Trying to install node.js via composer (for automation). "repositories": [ "type": "package", "package": { "name": "nodejs/nodejs", "version": "0.12.6", "dist": { ...
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How to tar a file whose name starts with -

I want to tar a file whose name id : -i_jkhv34 but I am getting an error : tar: invalid option -- '_' is there any way to do so?
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How to make a local tar file of a remote directory

This link describes how to copy tarred files to minimise the amount of date sent over the network. I am trying to do something slightly different. I have a number of remote files on different ...
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Is there any limit on number of file name we can pass in tar

I am creating a tar and untar it at other location using: $ tar -C sourcedir -cf - . | tar -C targetdir -xpf - but it fails like thisError I am getting is :Argument list too long - tar, when I am ...
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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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Installing Eclipse for linux (64 bit)

So I am trying to download the latest version of eclipse from the link provided by eclipse.org I am using Ubuntu 14.04 64 bit. There is a package available in the software repositories, but it is ...
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How to tar/untar the output on the fly

What is the idiomatic way to do the following tar to stdout read this tar output from stdout and extract to some other folder. My solution is tar --to-stdout .. | tar -C somefolder -xvf - But ...
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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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Extract file and folders with specified permissions

I pack a folder with lot of sub-folders and files in Windows with 7zip, upload to VPS and then run the command: tar -xvzf file.tar.gz then all unpacked files and folders have permissions of 777. ...
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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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Why is this archive failing to create symlinks?

When I extract the archive Symfony_Standard_2.2.1.tgz using this command: $ tar xzf /home/tomas/downloads/Symfony_Standard_2.2.1.tgz I always get the errors: tar: doctrine.php: Cannot create ...
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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 /tmp/htmllist....
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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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Is it OK to copy (not clone) a git repository using basic Unix commands?

I’m pretty new to using git and was wondering if it’s ok to copy a Git repository with common UNIX commands (like cp or tar/untag), rather than through git clone. I’m in the situation where I have ...
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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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Linux Bash Script, Single Command But Multiple Lines?

I have the following script I wrote by searching Google, and it backs up my Linux system to an archive: #!/bin/bash # init DATE=$(date +20%y%m%d) tar -cvpzf /share/Recovery/Snapshots/$HOSTNAME_$...
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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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Is there a way to see any tar progress per file?

I have a couple of big files that I would like to compress. I can do this with for example tar cvfj big-files.tar.bz2 folder-with-big-files The problem is that I can't see any progress, so I don't ...
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create tar with multiple directories and file locations

I have some scripts and files located in various locations like: /etc/dir1 /var/www/html /home/somedir I want to make a tar file so that it copies files and folders with the location structure. ...
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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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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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How to tar.gz everything but .jpg/gif/png/wmv/flv/tar.gz/zip?

how do I tar.gz everything apart from jpg/gif/png/wmv/flv/zips, recursively, via the Unix shell?
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tar – extract discarding directory structure

unzip has a nifty option -j, whereby the directory structure of the archive is discarded, and all files are extracted into the same directory. Is there a way of making tar work in the same way? ...
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Can I stop a netcat tar pipe and continue later without overriding existing files?

I'm trying to copy a lot of files from my NAS to my server, about 2TB. I found that using a netcat tar pipe to copy the directories goes pretty fast, about 40mb/s. It seems to work faster than rsync ...
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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' FILE_NAME=$DESTINATION/home....
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how to copy entire linux root filesystem to new hard drive on with ssh and tar

I need to transfer an entire linux root filesystem off of a failing hard drive onto another computer with an open, available partition. I've pretty sure this involves tar and ssh, but I can't remember ...
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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 /home/...
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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 inside?...