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

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List contents of tarball in tree format

Per the answers here I'm able to list the contents of my tarball in ls format. However, I'd like to be able to list them in tree format, i.e. something like the latter instead of the former: With tar:...
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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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Excluding Path While Compressing with TAR/GZ

I am compressing list of files like this: tar cvzf mycompress.tar.gz /dir1/dir2/file1.txt /dir1/dir2/file2.txt However when I uncompressed them the directory /dir1/dir2/ is still preserved. How to ...
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how to split tar in two files

I'm trying to upload my tar'ed site to server but I have upload limit. My ftp program extracts tar after uploading it. How do I split this one tar into two so I could upload one tar and let it extract ...
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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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How to tar a directory preserving not only permissions, but ownership too

I have to compress a directory using tar.gz preserving not only permissions, but ownership/groups too. And, in this directory there are many files that belong to many users.
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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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What command to use to unpack a .tar.gz file in Windows?

I use to receive tar.gz files fromm colleagues but unpacking them with 7zip is not convenient as it unpacks a tar file from gz first while I usually seek to get the tar file contents (so I have to ...
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Bash: Concatenating TAR balls

Is it valid to do this: { tar -c dir1 tar -c dir2 } | cat > file.tar Is the resulting file.tar a valid tar ball? If not, how can I concatenate tar balls on the fly?
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Modern command line file compression utilities

I am frequently moving large files around from server to server. UNIXes comes with standard gzip and bzip2 compressors. However, what open options there exist beyond these, especially ones utilizing ...
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Which is better: using flags, or pipes?

As with many things in the *nix world, there is more than one way to generate .tar.gz files. Typically, I use the following: tar zcf /path/to/dir.tar.gz /path/to/dir However, I have seen the ...
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Want to zip up folder with 20K images to upload, how to breakup zips and then unzip?

I have a folder with about 1 gig worth of images I have to upload to a server. I want to zip/tar them up, preferably into multiple files that I can upload to my ubuntu server. Then I want to unzip/...
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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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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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extracting tar files split over multiple dvd's

If I have a bziped tar file split over multiple dvd's what's the best way of extracting it without creating a lot of intermediate files? I don't want to first copy all the archive parts to an ...
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Mounting a .7zip file containing .tar

I have downloaded wikipedia in a compressed form. It is a .7z file, which contains a .tar file. In compressed form it is only 14 GB. If I uncompress it, it has 208 GB in it. And I don't have that much ...
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How do I tar/gzip and then delete directories somewhat safely?

How should I tar/gzip and delete files somewhat safely? Background: We're running a little low on disk space on a Ubuntu computer (Hardy Heron), and I want to tar/gzip, verify that it worked, and ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Archive software for big files and fast index

I'm currently using tar for archiving some files. Problem is: archives are pretty big, contains many data and tar is very slow when listing and extracting. I often need to extract single files or ...
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Can tar be forced to exit on the first error?

By default, for many kinds of errors tar prints a message to stderr and then continues on its way -- the errors it calls "recoverable" errors, typically errors that relate to a single file or archive ...
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Untar error: tar: Error exit delayed from previous errors

i'm trying to untar this file to the public_html folder the file is currently in /home/user/ ... the public_html is backed up inside so it should just dump the files into the public_html but nothing ...
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is Winrar's “store” mode the same as tar?

The question kind of says it all. When archiving files with Winrar you get the option of different compression modes, one of which is "store". I'm under the impression this does no actual compression ...
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Transfer using linux ssh and maintaining permissions

I need to transfer files across ssh to another server. The file structures are identical on both sides. I have used scp -r but that does not retain the orginal file/dir permissions. rsync does the job ...
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tar command - how to extract one file to specific directory

Is there a way to extract a single file from a tar file to a specific directory? In fact, I am dealing with a .tgz file so, I am attempting something like this : gunzip -c mytargzfile.tgz | tar xvf - ...
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Rsync to stdout?

I have access to backup server via rsync protocol (only rsync, nothing else). Now, I want to fetch file from there (which is .tar.gz) and pass it directly to tar command, without saving the archive in ...
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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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programmatically extract tar.gz in a single step (on windows with 7zip)

PROBLEM: I would like to be able to extract tar.gz files in a single step. This makes my question almost identical to this one: stackoverflow question for tar-gz. My question is almost the same, but ...
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Change the directory structure in tar.gz without extracting it

I have a tar.gz file that has the following structure when I extract. /dir1/dir2/dir3/many_text_files(.txt) I would like to change the structure as dir3/many_text_files(.txt) A simple solution is to ...
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How to Tar/GZip just the files folders in the data directory?

I have a bunch of folders and files in /usr/local/bin/data that I want to tar.gz. I have a bash script that sets the source folder to backup src='/usr/local/bin/data/* When I open up the .tar.gz ...
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/dev/fd0 equivalent on windows. (Writing directly to tar floppy)

I am currently using a system I cannot change that writes tar files to a floppy disk. I need to read/write the same type of disk on a windows machine. The command used to create the disk in Linux is:...
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Remote backup via SSH

I have two computers, my local and remote. I want to backup remote server with tar command via ssh but saving tar file on local computer. Is it possible?
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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?...
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tar - how to exclude like this: “/path/excludeRoot/**/directoryToExclude”

I would like to exclude some directories from backup. But not all with specific name - only those lying under specified root directory. With rsync I would use exclude mask like this: /path/...
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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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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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How to count number of files in “.tar” files inside another, nested “.tar” file without extraction?

There are many solutions out there on counting of files inside a .tar file. But I have not found a solution to count number of files in .tar files inside another .tar file without extraction. For ...
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recreating just the uid/gid unix permissions from tar

I was restoring a root partition based on a tar backup from system-rescue-cd. It went ok except the uid/gid mappings on the system-rescue-cd disk did not match the ones on this debian system that I ...
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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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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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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 tmp/tarball/opt/...
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How to make tar only match patterns to extract on a certain directory?

The extracted tgz contains a structure approximately like: Source header.h bozo.h dir2 anotherheader.h The following: tar xzf libm.tar.gz --strip-components=2 Libm-2026/Source/*.h/ extracts ...
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Convert .tar.gz/.tar.bz2 to .7z in batch?

How do I convert .tar.gz and .tar.bz2 files to .7z files using the command line?
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tar-ing / should I use -C / . or just /

tar cvf backup.tar -C / / # or tar cvf backup.tar / produces an archive like etc/ and gives warnings tar: Removing leading `/' from member names tar: Removing leading `/' from hard link ...
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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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Extracting tar file: Cannot open: No such file or directory

I have a remote Debian 5 machine on which I'm trying to extract a tar-file (Django 1.2.1, but that's unimportant). The first 1300 or so files extracts just fine (of about 2800 in total), after which ...