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

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Untar after uploading to linux from windows

I have created tar.gz from my linux server, and I downloaded the same to my linux system and I successfully doen untar with tar -xvf package.tar.gz. And now my issue I downloaded same package.tar....
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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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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 - * 2>/dev/...
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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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Splitting tar archives and uploading them one at a time

I want to backup my systems to split tar archives with a script uploading them one by one. It has to create the split archive and then run a script. The script uploads the part and deletes it. This is ...
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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 .tar....
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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 file so that it copies files and folders with the location structure. ...
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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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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 myproject.tar....
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 -{c|r|t|...
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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 http://git.cross-lfs.org/?p=...
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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 sitefolder="$HOME/domains/${i%%/}...
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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 http://eclipse.org/downloads/download.php?...
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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 root/...
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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 ...