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

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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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What does `tar -C` mean?

In the section "Installing Portage", the Gentoo installation docs say: # tar xvjf /mnt/gentoo/portage-latest.tar.bz2 -C /mnt/gentoo/usr What does this command do?
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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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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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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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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 compare or diff command line

What is wrong with this? tar --diff --gunzip --file=/media/disk/filename.tgz This is GNU tar 1.23 on Ubuntu. The complaint is gzip:stdin:input/output error. The following just hangs and there is ...
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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 ...
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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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find files with spaces modified in last 60 days and tar.gz in files no bigger then 4gb with date

I maintain a file server. I need to backup files that have changed in a period of time. First i compressed up everything to 4gb files and backed up to dvd. But 7z that I was using 7z a -t7z ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is it possible to mount a .tar file?

The only result of any import when I searched for this was from 2001. In the intervening decade, have any tools/methods for mounting a tar file as a filesystem (perhaps utilizing fuse) been created? ...
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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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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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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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Untar, ungz, gz, tar - how do you remember all the useful options?

I am pretty sure I am not the only one with the following problem: every time I need to uncompress a file in *nix I can't remember all the switches, and end up googling it, which is surprizing ...
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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 ...
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Compress text file to tar.bz2 format on Ubuntu

How can I convert a sample.txt (uncompressed) file to sample.tar.bz2 format using Ubuntu 10.04 command shell?
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Extract specific files in a tar archive using a wildcard

I'm trying to create a script to extract only jpeg pictures from an archive containing many kind of files. To do so, I tried to use: tar -xf MyTar.tar *.jpg but it failed (*.jpg not found) and ...
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tar piped to curl: This does not look like a tar archive

curl -L http://download.transmissionbt.com/files/transmission-2.80.tar.xz -s -o - | tar -xf - The error: tar: This does not look like a tar archive tar: Skipping to next header tar: Exiting with ...
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One-liner Linux for scp'ing thousands of files as a tar

I have a folder with tens of thousands of files that I need to scp to another box. As doing one file at a time is very timeconsuming, and as I don't have harddrive space to make a compressed tar ...
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One-click to create and extract .tar.gz files in Windows?

I'm using 7-zip latest alpha version (9.30) and I find it really inconvenient that, if I want to create a .tar.gz archive, I have to create a .tar archive first then add it to a .gz archive later. So ...
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Tar of Linux Kernel corrupted error while untaring

I have downloaded two versions of Linux kernel 3.9.9 and 3.10 from kernel.org. When I am trying to untar this file I am getting this error Lzma library error: Corrupted input data . I am not ...
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When I extract a tar file, all the files/folders have 777 permissions

I run Debian. I have a tar archive that, when extracted, assigns 777 permissions to all files/folders in it. I believe this has to do with the fact that I'm root, but is there a way to make it so they ...
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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 or ZIP current directory excluding the generated file

I am trying to zip or tar all the files and subdirectories in current directory and save it to the file I am zipping. The problem is that -x shitch does not work - files are being zipped and saved to ...
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Can I fix this TAR+XZ file?

I'm doing some file recovery on an old hard drive, using the most recent stable PhotoRec. After finding a lot of files that I wanted to keep, I decided to make some of them (meaning over 700) easier ...
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How to extract such a compressed file?

I have been asked to extract a ZIP file having in it 3 tar files and each tar file contains around 3000 gz files. I had to extract the main ZIP file first then extract the tar files second then ...
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How to collect all media file in a mac directory structure?

I'm trying to copy all media files (Mac file type of Image or Movie) to the same directory structure, only taking media files. Is there a more efficient way than what I've got below? Is there a ...
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Extracting a specific file from tar.tgz archive in windows 7

This has been asked several times but I can't seem to figure out the solution. I have a tar.tgz archive which has .txt files in it. I need to extract a specific file t1.txt from it programatically ...
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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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Permissions tar extraction to nfs share from a Perl script

As part of an installation procedure of a piece of software, I use: curl -s <url-to-targz> | tar -p -x -z -C / inside a Perl script (I use qx($command) or system($command), either will ...
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How can I force only relative paths in “find” output?

I am attempting to create a script that can compress files with a certain extension in a number of directories into a single tar-ball. Currently what I have in the script file is: find "$rootDir" ...
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Is it possible to tar two different files at the same time?

I need to tar two different directories at the same time. Is it possible to execute two instances of tar in parallel?
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Untar multiple files at once?

I'm on Windows 7 and have a number of .tar files with the following names: .tar-aa .tar-bb .tar-cc ... The tar files contain a large backup directory which is broken up into chunks of 250MBs each. ...