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

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How to install get-iplayer from source file?

I want to install the latest version of get-iplayer in Debian, and I've got its source file, a tarball file, from here. However, I don't know what to do with it. Usually when I come across a tarball, ...
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Equivalent to tar's “--strip-components=1” in unzip?

I have a script that extracts a tar.gz-file to a speificed subdirectory mysubfolder: mkdir mysubfolder; tar --extract --file=sourcefile.tar.gz --strip-components=1 --directory=mysubfolder; Is there ...
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How can I untar a filesystem backup into a VM disk image?

I've been provided a .tar.gz archive containing the files from a VM file system (but not the filesystem itself) and I need to untar these into a raw disk image so that I may mount them as a VM. How ...
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UNIX shell command to expand files of any compressed type

Is there any UNIX shell command to expand a compressed file which type is not known in advance? I should be able to use this command to expand at least any of the following types of files, though the ...
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download a large file TAR using SFTP

I am trying to download from a remote server ( in UK I am in the USA) a large file using SFTP (50GB) It starts but (maybe 10% done) it abandons it and says "too large" Is there another way to get ...
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How to obtain maximum compression with .tar.gz? [duplicate]

The way i understand the use of tar + gzip is that tar is normally used to consolidate a grouping of files into a single file, then gzip is used to compress that file. I recently learned that tar can ...
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How to install vimtrainer?

I'm trying to install vimtrainer. First I did: $ svn co https://vimtrainer.svn.sourceforge.net/svnroot/vimtrainer/trunk vimtrainer $ cd vimtrainer Then made sure ruby, rubygems, rake and vim with ...
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Extract a section of a tgz file

I have a 28.5 GB .tgz file which was created on the command line of a Linux computer, compressing one folder and all its many many subfolders. I now want to extract a single sub-sub folder from that ...
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How to use Pipe Viewer (pv) for measuring compression progress?

I've been trying to track the progress of the data in a pipe, specifically in a large init script for a minecraft server. How would I go about using pv to get an accurate readout of progress? I've ...
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Linux Bash Script, Single Command But Multiple Lines?

I have the following script I wrote by searching Google, and it backs up my Linux system to an archive: #!/bin/bash # init DATE=$(date +20%y%m%d) tar -cvpzf ...
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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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merge all tar files on mac

I have a bunch of tar files such as a.tar b.tar. I use the following command to merge two tar files : tar --concatenate --file=a.tar b.tar However, --concatenate is not support on mac terminal ...
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tar -xvf *.tar.gz gives me a weird name on extraction

I have a file "elasticsearch-servicewrapper.tar.gz". When I try to run: tar -xvf elasticsearch-servicewrapper.tar.gz I expect the extracted folder to be called ...
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update file in tar

for Linux tar command: tar uf test.tar test.txt but for *BSD bsdtar command option u = r = append,that is can't update file ,only can append file and also ,I try compiled libarchive , proved ...
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Estimate compressed file size in tar.gz

I've got a set of .tar.gz files, which are duplicity backup files (either full backups or incremental ones). I'd like to compute which directories take the most space on backups. This will most ...
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linux zip and tar all files with a specific extenstion recursively maintaining directory structure

Similar to this question and this question I'd like to make a single compressed tar file (files.tar.gz) that contains all the php files in my webroot and all it's subdirectories, maintaining folder ...
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.tar file currupted when copied to Windows using FTP

I have a Windows 7 host and an Ubuntu virtual machine; the VM has a bridged adapter. I created a .tar file in Ubuntu using this command: tar -cf name.tar /path/to/dir/ I have FileZilla FTP server ...
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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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How can I automatically remove files after they've been archived?

How do i archive and remove excess files example. cd ~/Desktop && tar -cvf sitepack.tar ./ this will give me ls Riva_Starr_Feat._Noze_I_Was_Drunk_Official_Video_HD_.mp3 ...
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cygwin tar omits directory when creating archive

I have the following directory structure books/java books/java.ebooks books/java.gwt books/java.swing books/javaee I use this command to create an archive of all the directories starting with the ...
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Cygwin creating multiple links to files inside tar?

I'm trying to create a .tar file in Cygwin: find . > tmpfilelist tar -cf tmp.tar -T tmpfilelist but when I open tmp.tar in Windows with 7-Zip there are four instances of each file: Name ...
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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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tar file extraction, why file size reduced

We commonly know that compression is the reduction in size of data in order to save space or transmission time, I should expect bigger size when I extract compressed file. I have downloaded a file in ...
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GNU tar symlink preservation on case by case basis

I'm trying to create a tarball, and there is one specific file that I need to preserve as a symlink in the tarball. However, there are a lot of other symlinks that I can't preserve as symlinks, ...
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List full timestamps of files in a tarball

I have a large tar archive and want to see the exact (nanosecond) timestamps that are stored for each file in the archive. In case it's relevant, the tarball is in POSIX-2001 format (tar ...
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Bad CPU type in executable while typing tar command

recently i have upgraded to mountain lion and there is problem with my tar command, i am not able to unpack my tar files from terminal. when i type tar command in terminal i am geting bash: ...
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tar --remove-files behavior: delete after every file or after completion?

Pretty much in the title. I have a box with very little disk space left and lots of data. I want to add all of the files into a tar, deleting them as I go because there is clearly not enough space to ...
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Does tar preserve links? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I tar ball a directory hierarchy with soft links in linux I am using tar to copy files and directories from a Solaris machine to a Linux machine. Does Tar ...
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extract files in sub-directories from a tar file to one directory [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: tar – extract discarding directory structure I have a tar file that include sub-directories each has several files. I need to extract all those files into one directory. ...
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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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Failing to extracting tgz file in Debian

I am working with omnetpp and I want to run it in a Debian system (in my university) but when I type tar xvfz omnetpp-4.2.2-src.tgz I keep getting this error: gzip: stdin: invalid compressed ...
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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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Looking for a gtk equivalent of ark

Does there exist a GTK equivalent (or improvement) of the Linux archiving tool known as Ark? If so, where might it be found; and if not, how well-received might be a new project which acts as a ...
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Use all CPUs when creating archives on Linux

Today I wanted to create a backup from a folder on a server with 16 CPUs. I started looking for an option that can utilize my hardware to archive a folder better than how tar does it. Something with ...
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Forcing “tar” to create an empty archive

I am making an RPM in which everything is contained in the .spec file (don't ask :-). rpmbuild requires a "Source" file, so I was trying to create an empty tar file. However, if I don't give any ...
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Why is my tar.gz file corrupt after using bash ftp to move file to a remote server?

I back the tar.gz file up on the local server, then ftp it to a remote server. If I pull it to my desktop via ftp client from the local server, the file works fine. If I pull it to my desktop via ftp ...
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How do I resolve the error “tar: A lone zero block at 60140”?

I am getting an error from a tar.gz file that was created with winace when opening it with tar vxzf package.tar.gz in Linux: tar: A lone zero block at 60140
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How do I compress a directory?

Hey guys I was wondering how would I gzip 7z tar or just regular zip a directory like this /var/Backups/Tones regular gzip won't do it because Tones is a directory and this site ss64.com/bash doesn't ...
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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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What is the etymology behind “-j” indicating bzip2 for tar? [closed]

What is the etymology behind "-j" indicating bzip2 for tar?
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Why my multiparted .tar unpacs just partly? (missing files)

I have 25 .tar files like: filename.tar.001 - filename.tar.025 When I want to unpack them with cat myarchive.tar.* | tar xvf - it does, but missing files: whole .tar is 1,2 GB, but unpacked files ...
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What's the meaning of the different “removing leading slash” warnings?

I'm using gnu tar with a few instances of --exclude specified. I get both the Removing leading / from member names and Removing leading / from hard link targets warnings. What's the difference ...
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Why /home folder is missing from my backup archive created by tar?

So I'm doing full backup of my VPS using the following command (as root, of course): tar czvf 20120604.tar.gz / Everything seems to be fine, all files seem to appear in the list. The size of ...
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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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Tar backup with progress bar

I would like to add a progress bar to my tar backup command. I found out that the bar shell script should be able to do this, but I am unable to figure out the correct command. sudo tar pzcf - ...
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Used tar with wrong order of arguments and overwrote original file. Any way to recover?

Pretty noob move but used tar with the source and destination file arguments swapped resulting in a complete mess (the source file has been overwritten with another file of same name with size 4kb). ...
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tar error message: “stdin: not in gzip format”

I'm having difficulty with tar on a headless Ubuntu Server 12: ubuntu@domU-12-31-39-02-C0-98:~$ wget -o dropbox.tar.gz "http://www.dropbox.com/download?plat=lnx.x86" ubuntu@domU-12-31-39-02-C0-98:~$ ...
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Undo tar file extraction mess

I just untar'd an archive that produced a mess of files into my tidy directory. For example: user@comp:~/tidy$ tar xvf myarchive.tar file1 file2 dir1/ dir1/file1 dir1/subdir1/ dir1/subdir1/file1 ...
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Seeking a GUI archiver with the ability to exclude files/folders with tickboxes

I've been searching for a GUI tool to create zip, 7-zip or tar archives that will allow me to include and exclude files and folders using a GUI. The dialog during archive creation should look ...
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Guess compressability of a large file

I have a large file (~20 GB) and I want to quickly make an (approximate) estimate of how well it can compress. I want an program which can provide an immediate guess at the compressed filesize, and ...