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

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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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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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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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How to extract multipart rar with missing parts?

I have a multipart .rar archive containing a single .tar.gz file inside it (don't ask why, that is just how it was made). I am missing a few of the parts, but do have the first part. I would like to ...
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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" ...
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Is it possible to give “out-of-the-box” programs an executable command in Linux?

I don't know if I'm being clear. Take the following scenario: You have downloaded a .tar.gz compressed program, you unpack it, and it runs right from there. It's not source code, just an application ...
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Extracting a .tar.gz I get a file without extension

The file is this: http://sourceforge.net/projects/cpuminer/files/pooler-cpuminer-2.3.2-linux-x86.tar.gz As usual I do tar -xvzf pooler-cpuminer-2.3.2-linux-x86.tar.gz but I just get a file ...
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Given that tar ignored my 2 sockets, how do I backup and then restore my login folder?

I did a network backup of my login area in preparation for reformatting the volume in which it resides to make it bootable on my old Power Mac G5 running the very latest release of Leopard. Though ...
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How to convert a file of format tar.gz to tar.bz2?

Like the title says, how do I do this conversion from the Linux console?
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How do you extract a file using tar in AIX?

On a NORMAL Unix distro, tar zxvf works but seems like my machine has some super old version of tar that doesn't have the right parameters. -bash-3.00$ tar zxvf qemu-1.7.0.tar.bz2 Usage: tar ...
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How “tar” command manages to “see” changed files between two incremental backups

How tar command checks whether a file is changed or not? How tar "knows" that this file is changed and it has to go in the next incremental backup? I have some assumptions: it may compare "mtime"; ...
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Avoid errors from tar failing to restore directory permissions

I observe the following behavior with both tar 1.26 and 1.27.1: $ mkdir a b a/diffowner $ sudo mkdir b/diffowner $ sudo chmod a+w b/diffowner $ echo foo > a/diffowner/foo $ tar -C a -cvf test.tar ...
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wget download from mirror download links

I'm trying to download using wget a tar.gz. The file is redirected based on the url parameters, so all downloads are redirected automatically. for example: wget ...
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Most sensible way to archive email to a tar.xz

I would like to archive all my old email in a way that I could easily restore it later if I need to reference it. What is the most sensible format to export/store my email before I then tar it? eg. ...
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tar with -T - and prevent creating empty archive

I must use tar with -T - and get backed up file list from stdin. Untoftunately when input list is empty, tar creates empty archive. I want prevention to this. It is possible induce tar to do ...
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Bash tar and output to log file

How can i write TAR operation in to a log file? tar -czvf arh.tar.gz public_html > 1.log TAR -czvf worked thanks guys! Now in bash script: for i in */ ; do ...
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how to remove full path when doing tar.gz compression

I'm using this command to archive a directory named g from java code: tar czf /a/b/c.tar.gz /e/f/g When the tar file c.tar.gz is created, I find an entire path e/f/g then all files of the g folder ...
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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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let tar auto detect compression type when extracting from stdin

I use GNU tar. It can auto detect compression type when compressing/decompressing files. But I need to decompress an archive from stdin and the compress type is unknown. I noticed that tar can give me ...
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Extract single file from tar without taking its directories with it

I'm currently using this command tar -zxvf foo.tgz -C /root/dir1/ dir2/dir3/dir4/dir5/file to extract my specific file from a tar archive to a given directory, dir1. As is, I end up with ...
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How to create and split a tar archive and send the results to my server?

I would like to create a .tar backup of some files on my laptop and send them to my server. My laptop's HDD is not large enough to hold both the original and backup copy of the file. I would like to ...
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Strange behavior encountered while using tar

I had a folder of useless C programs for a project. When I was compressing it using tar, I kept using tar -cvf c-project and then realized I'm setting the flag for the file name and I'm giving ...
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Linux - transfer all files modified after a specific date to a new harddrive

I recently had my second hard-drive of the past semester begin to fail on me and become unable to ghost to a new drive. I still had the first hd that failed so we ghosted that drive but now I need to ...
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Store the filename of the extracted file in a text file

what is the best way to store the filename of an extracted file in a text file? I have a script that extract a single file from a tar file and then I need to store the name extracted file to a txt ...
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Extract a single file from a tar file to another directory

I have a tar file and I need to extract a single file from it and put it to another directory. I tried this but it gives an error message. It did extract the file but not to the directory that I want ...
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Remove folder structure from archive, ignore folder while archiving and fix error

I am trying to make a script to backup each of my plesk hosts to individual files, I am having two problems: I would like to remove the folder structure from archive, the tar is 3 folders deep I am ...
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tar: compress only the contents of a folder

I have to compress only the contents of the folder, not the folder with tar, there is any argument for that? I have search but I don't find anything. Example: mainfolder/ asd1 asd2 ...
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Unarchive file while reducing size of archive?

The dilemma: I have a 10GB archive and a 20GB harddrive. When I go to unzip / unarchive the file the harddrive fills up and the process fails. Question: On ubuntu server 12.04 / linux is there a way ...
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tar/bz2 compress a file removing uncompressed original

Is there any way to turn a directory called dir1 into dir1.tar.bz2 without keeping the original? I need to save space and want to compress some large files but don't have enough room to keep a ...
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extract single file from huge tgz file

I have a huge tar file (about 500G) and I wan't to extract just a single file from it. However, when I run tar -xvf file.tgz path/to/file it seems like it is still loading the whole contents into ...
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Specifying Disk Drive to Write Files?

After tar.gz'ing a 25 GB folder, I copied the file from my local machine to a remote server via scp. Once the file was transferred, I failed to extract the tar.gz due to: $ tar -zxvf dump.tar.gz ...
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How to create Unix tarball with various file permissions inside on a Windows box?

Could anyone enlighten me on how can I create a regular Unix tarball archive (e.g., tar.gz or tar.bz2) on a Windows box in a way that will mark some files in that archive as "executable" (e.g., with ...
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How to move a file of 250 GB to another server? [closed]

The hard disk of one of my servers is full, so I need to move a file away from it to make room. I have tried tar -cvf but when I send it to the other server using wget -c, I see it is 100% complete. ...
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How make a compressed tar when there are too many filenames for the shell to expand on a single line?

Normally I would just do something like: tar -czf archive.tar.gz *.csv But when there are too many files in the directory for the shell to expand on a single line this doesn't work. In these cases ...
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linux tar -T - does not work on the fly

I found some problem with linux gnu tar. wheh I use option -T - (for file list from stdin) or -T named_pipe_file , this desn't work on the fly. for example, simple interactive script: while ...
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How to batch extract from archive using tar to directories

I m trying to extract files contained within a directory in a tar.gz file. The extract I m using is tar zxvf foo.tar.gz. It extracts the files from the archive but removes them from the directory they ...
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How to keep daily tar.gz backup with less redundant data

Like most of you, I have a few daily tag.gz snapshot of a folder (of any application). There is only a few different each other but the tar.gz is not a diff/delta friendly format. Most data in the ...
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Tar archive wrong creation date

I have a script to backup some directories: tar cjf /backup-`date +\%m-\%d-\%Y`.tar.bz2 mydir >> /dev/null 2>&1 At the end of the process, a "ls -al" show something like: -rwxr-xr-x 1 ...
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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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Advanced backuping script

I'm currently writing an advanced starting script for my minecraft server. Everything works out as I want it too. But the problem is the backups. I created a function for it. It works also great and ...
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Copy hundreds of thousands files Mac to NAS

I'm trying to transfer my Aperture library to the NAS. It contains few hundred of thousands of files (quite small ones). After OS X finishes copying the big files, the estimated time of the copy ...
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How do I tar dot files but not dot directories

The following tar command will exclude all dot files and dot directories. tar -cvzf /media/bjackfly/bkup/bkup.gz --exclude '.*' --one-file-system /home/bjackfly In my case I want the dot files to ...
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Display deflation percentage of tar command (like zip command)

This question may sound weird but I would like to know if there is a possibility to display the deflation percentage of the files processed in the tar command. I use this command tar -cjvf ...
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How to extract tar.gz on windows xp

Can anyone suggest me ways to extract tar.gz file on windows xp ? Is there any built-in tool ? Or may be a script that can be written ? PS: Please note I can't install new software on my computer (do ...
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Tar - Remove Common Prefix When Creating Archive

I am attempting to tar up the contents of a root file system, located at $rootfs. The problem is, when I try to tar -c $rootfs > $dest, the directories between my current directory and the actual ...
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7zip is incompatible with tar format created by git archive

% git archive --format tar master > archive.tar % file archive.tar archive.tar: POSIX tar archive % tar cf a.tar archive.tar % file a.tar a.tar: POSIX tar archive (GNU) 7zip cannot unpack tar ...
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Backing up multiple vmware VMs from a mac

I use vmware fusion to prototype and model enterprise infrastructure. This question is intended to solicit an optimal method for backing up (preferably incrementally) VMs. My VM directory is now ...
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Ubuntu 13.04 Restore: How to untar 'full backup archive' and remove any changes later on?

Linux newbie here. I got a fresh template of Ubuntu 13.04 installed on my VPS and made a full system backup using TAR: sudo tar -cvpjf backup.tar.bz2 --exclude=/backup.tar.bz2 --exclude=/dev/* ...
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Creating a tar with a absolute path

tar -cf /Users/Files/myfile.tar /Users/Files/ I am basically trying to create a tar containing the contents of User/Files and create it in the folder of the contents. I can only execute this ...