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

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Compressed file with a header containing all files within it, at the beginning of the file

I have noticed that most files resulting from a compression / archive process do not have a list of the files contained at the beginning of the resulting file, but rather at the end of it. For ...
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Java plugin doesn't work in Chrome in Ubuntu — how can I fix this?

I have Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (64 Bit) and Chrome Version 35.0.1916.153. I downloaded jre-7u60-linux-x64.tar.gz and extracted it in /usr/lib/java/ Then I created a directory named 'plugins' in ...
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extracting all files in tar to a remote server

Here, it extracts the specified file in a remote machine. tar -xzOf file.tar.gz file_you_want_to_extract | ssh user@host 'cat > /path/to/destination_file' My requirement is that I want to extract ...
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Batch file to add specific string in a XML file and zip it to TAR afterwards

To start, I'm not a real hardcore programmer so bear with me. I searched the web for help and I got already some steps further to completion. What I'm missing, how to add a specific line after ...
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Use all CPUs when creating archives on Linux

Today I wanted to create a backup from a folder on a server with 16 CPUs. I started looking for an option that can utilize my hardware to archive a folder better than how tar does it. Something with ...
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How to restore the file access time after extracting from archive

Is it possible under Linux to restore the file access time to that of the original file after extracting files from an archive created with tar on NTFS file system? tar does not restore the access ...
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MinGW tar compression problem

I am unable to get the Mingw tar to work with compress files. It does not filter through the proper compression utility. However, tar will work if I manually uncompress the file first. I have tried in ...
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Untar a given linux tarball on MAC OS X

I have a Linux tarball that can't be unpacked. It gives me an unexpected error. I am told this is due to case insensitive on MAC OS X. How can I untar this file? tar -zxvf file.tar.gz ... x ...
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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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Put date into backup .tar.gz filename

I'd like to run a simple tar command to backup my website directory. It will run through cron, but I want to be able to put the time at which the backup was made as the filename. I don't really mind ...
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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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Zero sized tar.gz file found inside a tar.gz file

My current directory contains a single file like this- $ls -l -rw-r--r-- 1 root staff 8 May 28 09:10 pavan Now, I want to tar and gzip this file like $tar -cvf - * ...
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How do I upgrade my version of tar on Red Hat 5?

I'm running RHEL 5 and the default version of tar is horribly old. yum update tar shows that I have the latest version according to their repo. How do I go about upgrading to tar 1.27, please?
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How do I extract files from one tarball to another tarball in one step?

I have some fairly large tarball archives, from which I need to extract some files. I will later repack those files to transfer them to another server. Currently that is a two (multi) step process for ...
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Why does removing a dash break tar?

I was receiving an error ("Exiting with failure status due to previous errors") when I ran this command: tar -cvfz output.tar.gz folder/ But I did not receive an error when I removed the - from in ...
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How to find tar format of archive?

There are several formats of tar archives, ustar, gnu, etc. Is there some tool that can show which format a given archive is in? (Haven't found it in manpage of bsdtar nor in info pages of GNU tar). ...
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Pull root image from remote linux

I have switches running PicOS-Linux. This pretty much Linux with Open vSwitch and Busybox. Updates are handled by loading an image of the full file system. So a system image is pretty much just a ...
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Recover files from corrupt archive

I have a tar file of 40Gb but when I open it with the archive manager on Ubuntu I get only 512MB. The major part of my files are messing. Even when I do : tar -tf myfile.tar.gz I don't get the list ...
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Extracted files not recognized

I extracted a tar.gz file with 7-Zip. It worked fine, all the files and folders are now visible and have names, different size and so on, yet I cannot open them. And the icons are all the same - a ...
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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 so it copies files and folders with location structure and when I untar on ...
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how to copy entire linux root filesystem to new hard drive on with ssh and tar

I know I've found this information before, but can't remember the right google query. I need to transfer an entire linux root filesystem off of a failing hard drive onto another computer with an ...
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Map “untar” to tar xvfz?

How can I map 'untar' as a command to 'tar -xvfz' ? Sorry, but I almost always forget the arguments necessary to 'tar' for this operation.
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Extract specific folder from a tar.gz

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 ...
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How can I run the “tar -czf” command in Windows?

I am currently running a computer which has access to only Windows. I have to submit a folder after running tar -czf on it. How can I do this in Windows, do I have any options?
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tar: Cannot create symlink : File exists

I backup lots of gigebytes files in to myproject.tar.gz, and compress success without errors. Now, I want to decompress all to an folder "myprojects". adan@adan-Latitude-D630:~$ tar zxf ...
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Tar a very large file directly to a drive

I was running my code to download some data on the Amazon cloud. The instance that I was running had an 8GB storage that I had bought with it plus 140GB extra instance storage (sort of plugged in as a ...
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Why does tar with -z option create archive with different hash everytime

Can you tell me why tar czf archive.tar dir creates archive with different hash everytime (I check with 'md5sum') Without compression parameter -z or with parameter -j instead all works fine. ...
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How to recursively extract all .tar and .tgz file zipped in a .tgz file using 7zip command line version

I'm using 7zip cmd line version in my app (written in Python on Win 7 box) to extract .tgz files. Although I'm using the -r switch, the .tar and .tgz subdirectories are not extracted. Can someone tell ...
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extract archived .bz2 files inside a .tar archive with a single command

i need to decompress .bz2 files inside a .tar archive (two step decompression) For example: requested_files_1.tar has multiple .bz2 files inside. How can I extract them with a single ...
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Sqoop Tar ball unpacking

I'm working through the installation directions for Sqoop: Sqoop server supports multiple Hadoop versions. However as Hadoop major versions are not compatible with each other, Sqoop have ...
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How can I create a zip / tgz in Linux such that Windows has proper filenames?

Currently, tar -zcf arch.tgz files/* encodes filenames in UTF, so Windows users see all characters spoiled in filenames which are not english, and can do nothing with it. zip -qq -r arch.zip files/* ...
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redirect tar notices when used with pipe

I have a remote backup cron script that contains the following line: cat ${list} | xargs tar Jlcf - | ssh -i /root/.ssh/backup \ seron@dummy.net "backup_${DATE}.txz" It gives tar a list of ...
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How to extract tar file on Windows, when the filenames include a colon?

I have a tar(.gz) file created on a Linux system, and the filenames contain colon characters. The tar utilities I can find on Windows don't extract these files at all. How can I do this, ideally ...
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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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How can I create a tar file from a list of files in another tar file?

I have a process that creates a tar file with copies of files that need to be updated. I want to backup existing files before overwriting with the new files. I've tried tar cf backup.tar -T `tar ...
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in place refreshing of a large tar.gz?

I have a directory with about 300Mb of code and data, and I need to regularly change a few lines of code in a few of the files and repackage the directory into a new project-version.tar.gz. It takes ...
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Compressing many similar big files

I have hundreds of similar big files (30 megabyte each) which I want to compress. Every pair of files have 99% of same data (less then 1% difference), so I expect to have not more than 40-50 megabyte ...
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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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tar: cannot open: no such file or directory

I am trying to follow the instructions here to install Jetty on ubuntu but I am running into a problem when I try to use tar. cd /usr/local/src sudo wget ...
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List files in a tarball over internet

To list an archive's contents I can do : tar -tzvf mytarball.tar.gz But this works for local files only. Can someone point out how to do it (if at all possible) for files over internet. I tried it ...
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How can tar backup access timestamps

How can tar backup file access timestamps so it is included somewhere in the *.tar file? I couldn't find this in the docs, the closest was --atime-preserve, which preserves access times on the source ...
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Installing software from tar.gz on Linux (Ubuntu) - where to start and where does it end up?

I am usually a Windows user, but I have decided to check out Django, and was recommended doing this on a Linux box. I downloaded the Django-1.2.5.tar.gz, and by default it ended in the tmp folder. ...
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Tar up only 3 specific files in command line with linux

Is it possible with one command to tar up 3 files into one tar archive? For example, tar up: public_html.tar.gz dbapp.sql dbwp.sql into a tar file called bak.tar.gz
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How to use pv to see decompression progress?

I've seen: How to use Pipe Viewer (pv) for measuring compression progress? Is there a way to do the same thing for decompressing a gzipped file?
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How to use Pipe Viewer (pv) for measuring compression progress?

I've been trying to track the progress of the data in a pipe, specifically in a large init script for a minecraft server. How would I go about using pv to get an accurate readout of progress? I've ...
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Download zip/tar Github repository with .git metadata?

I need to download zip/tar Git repositories from Github and get not just the source but also the .git directory. I'm aware I could use git clone, but this is for an tool that runs on systems that may ...
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Tar incremental option does not add new files

In an incremental backup, tar does not seem to be able to add new files : $ tar -cvzf test.tar.gz -g test.snar a.txt a.txt $ tar -cvzf test2.tar.gz -g test.snar a.txt b.txt The second command ...
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How to specify level of compression when using tar -zcvf?

I gzip directories very often at work. What I normally do is tar -zcvf file.tar.gz /path/to/directory Is there a way to specify the compression level here? I want to use the best compression ...
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List contents of large tar archive quickly

I need to list the contents of a fairly large (gzipped) tar archive (about 37GiB). tar -ztvf archive takes forever. Is there some way to get this listing quickly? Possibly by only listing contents ...
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Does creating a tar file need more space?

HTTP File Server or HFS is a small utility which allows one to share files with others by creating http links for every file Now when I want to download multiple files, the software creates a "tar" ...