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

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How to extract .tar.bz2 directly? (avoiding a folder creation)

I always extract this kind of files using on the route where I want those files: # tar -xvf file.tar.bz2 But it always creates a folder called "file" (for this example) and stores all inside it. ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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: ...
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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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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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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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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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Estimating compressed file size using a list parameter

I am currently compressing a list of files from a directory in the following format: tar -cvjf test_1.tar.gz -T test_1.lst --no-recursion The above command will compress only those files ...
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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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tar command to extract archive with colon in the name

I try tar -zxvf plugin\:xyz.tgz and received the error: rsh: Could not resolve hostname plugin: Name or service not known tar: plugin\:thold-latest.tgz: Cannot open: Input/output error tar: Error is ...
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Tar xvzf question

Hi I use FC12 command : tar xvfz GeoIP.dat.gz I get the errors tar: This does not look like a tar archive tar: Skipping to next header tar: Error exit delayed from previous errors Whats the ...
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Tar an entire folder EXCEPT a few files and folders?

I have a folder structure like so: file1 file2 file3 file4 folder1 folder2 Without writing each file, how can I tar zip all the files and folders, except file1 and folder1?
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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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Is there a command to determine the compression ratio of a tar.bz2 file?

I have a file.tar.bz2 that's about 50GB and would like to extract it however I don't know how much space I will need. Is there a command to print the compression ratio of the tar.bz2 file?
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tar -x -v -f on tape drive in Ubuntu (latest)

I am given the following command: tar -x -v -f /dev/rct0 -b 20 * Could someone please explain its meaning, because in this form it looks completely useless to me. As far as I know -x stands for ...
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How can I compress a large file into smaller parts?

I'm looking for a way to compress a large file (~10GB) into several files that wont exceed 150MB each. Any thoughts?
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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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Find a list of files from text file in subdirectories and put into tarball?

I have a list of files I need to tar. Typically, I would use tar -cvf allfiles.tar -T mylist.txt But I discovered that the files I need are scattered into subdirectories and my list only has the ...
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tar shows “is not a bzip2 file” error when uncompressing a .tar.bz file

I've a data_or.tar.bz file I tried to extract it with $ tar xjvf data_or.tar.bz Output is bzip2: (stdin) is not a bzip2 file. tar: Child returned status 2 tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting ...
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tar Cannot open: No such file or directory

Fresh install of CentOS 5.4 Downloaded the following: http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/webadmin/webmin-1.510.tar.gz MD5 sum is correct (cdcc09d71d85d81914a90413eaf21d3f). The file is located ...
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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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What does GNU tar “--restrict” option actually restrict?

The manual of GNU tar only states that --restrict: --restrict disable use of some potentially harmful options Can anyone elaborate on what are these "harmful" options? I could not ...
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What's the difference between /proc and /proc/ (with a trailing slash)?

I try using tar to backup my files. With --exclude=/proc/, the archive contains files under /proc, and --exclude=/proc does not. What causes the difference? P.S. The shell I use is Bash.
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Unix tar compressed folder not opening on windows

I used command tar -cvzf upload.tar upload to compress my upload folder, but when i'll extract it on widows using 7-Zip it shows up as just a single file, not folder. And the uplad folder isn't ...
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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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Linux tar command with exclude

I want to create tar file of a folder but this folder contains some tar.gz files like abc.tar.gz, pqr.tar.gz which i don't want to include so how to exclude this files while making the ...
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Using wildcards with tar

I am using this command to backup some important configuration files: tar -czvf /var/backups/201102121202.tgz -C / etc/crontab etc/httpd/conf.d/* etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf etc/httpd/passwords ...
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Extracting a *.tar.bz2 file?

I always used to use this command to extract files from a bzip2 tar ball: tar xjvf file.tar.bz2 But right now on Ubuntu 14.04, I get this error: tar: Conflicting compression options Try 'tar ...
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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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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 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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How do I undo an incorrect tar command on OSX?

I spent the past weekend creating a VirtualBox instance with the perfect setup. Once I was finished I tried to tar+gzipi the virtualbox for sharing with others, and I accidentally ran the following: ...
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Continually compressing a stderr stream

Is there some way to continually compress the output of a program (in almost realtime)? For example I have this program that produces (a lot of) output to stderr. I want to do something like ...
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linux tar command option

I know how to tar a bunch of files, minus several I don't want: tar --exclude=./*.jpg -pcjvf all.tar.gz ./ Here I tar all files, except any jpg extensions. I want to do the opposite. I need to ...
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Linux: Compressing all .pdf files recursively (.tar)

At the linux command line, I'd like to compress all .pdf files in a directory, any of it's subdirectories and so on - but only .pdf files. I'm struggling to figure out the syntax, any ideas ...
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When I'm compressing GBs of data with 10k plus of files and directories, how do I know there's no corruption?

To limit the focus of the question, I'm going to say using Linux as the OS, and tar as the compression format. Clearly run-time is important, but knowing the archive is valid is more important. If ...
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Can I get the version number of tar used to create a specific tar file?

I need to know the version number of tar used to create a specific tar file. How can I do that?
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What should I do if tar have no “-I” option?

I found "-I" option of tar is only availbe for Solaris, and no countpart in Linux machine, what should I do to realize same operation?