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

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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 ...
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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.gz won't extract on Mac OS X

Why is this not working? sh-3.2# tar -xzf postgresql-7.4.28.tar.gz gzip: stdin: not in gzip format tar: Child returned status 1 tar: Error exit delayed from previous errors
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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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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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Is it better to compress all data or compressed directories?

I'm archiving some projects, let's say each of them has own directory: projects |- project-1 |- project-2 |- project-3 I started compressing them as following: ==== SITUATION 1 ==== projects |...
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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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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 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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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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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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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 tar
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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 etc/...
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Why install from a tarball when packaged option exists?

If given the option to install software on CentOS or RHEL from an RPM, why would one ever still chose to install from a tarball?
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Error messages when extracting a .tar.bz2 in Ubuntu

While extracting a .tar.bz2 file using the command tar xjf git.tar.bz2 I received error messages that shows Cannot hard link to and Cannot create symlink to What will be the reason ...
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Concatenate multiple tar files in one command

I receive anywhere from 4 to 100 very large tar (~20GB) archive files everyday. I have been concatenating them in the past by looping through each of the archives I see on the file system and doing ...
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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 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 ./my-...
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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?
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How to download a .gz and use it as a command?

I recently had the need to install a command to limit cpu recources to a task. (If you're interested, the source is here: http://www.willnolan.com/cputhrottle/cputhrottle.html) This task has always ...
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To open lrzip-compressed in Debian 8.1

I downloaded the SageMath jessie package here but I cannot open it. I get the warning in ArchiveManager Could not open this file type There is no command installed for Tar archive (lrzip-compressed) ...
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Halting tar after locating entry or EOF in an actual tape archive

I've just been handed a pile of LTO-5s and a tape library, and the exciting task of extracting a subset of files. Order of magnitude is 60 tapes from said pile, around 10,000 files of 70,000 per tape ...
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Is Tar a suitable archiving solution for numerous backups of data from the same folder?

I’ve recently decided to archive some data using Tar. The data consists of numerous backups of the same folder; meaning that it contains a lot of duplicates. I read that because Tar lacks an index, it ...
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AIX 5.3 Tar - Exctact to a different directory

I am trying to extract a untar a file to a different directory on a AIX 5.3 box tar -xvf -C /tmp/ ./MyFile.tar tar: -C: No such file or directory tar -C /tmp -xvf ./MyFile.tar Usage: tar {c|r|t|u|...
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tar complains “No such file or directory”

I'm using bash on Windows (distributed along with msysgit) to zip log files - one archive per date. Problem is, following script does not work and I have no idea why. Cut is here to get part of the ...
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How to extract single file from large tar/tar.gz file

What I want to do is to extract a single file from a huge tar file, instead of extracting the whole tar. I am using RHEL 6.4 I Googled it and tried the following: tar --extract --file=some.tar ./...
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tar reverse of '--to-command', or: compressing tar entries individually, or: tar with plenty of large files

I would like to create tar gzip archive, but do it the reverse manner of what is most commonly done -- have the files in the archive be compressed individually rather than compress the entire archive: ...
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how to use tar '--remove-files' option inside find -exec?

I've got a number of very large log files which I want to compress individually so I can't use xargs or pipe stdout to get a huge compressed file. I'm trying to do this: find . -mtime +1 -iname "*....
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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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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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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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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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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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Why is this archive failing to create symlinks?

When I extract the archive Symfony_Standard_2.2.1.tgz using this command: $ tar xzf /home/tomas/downloads/Symfony_Standard_2.2.1.tgz I always get the errors: tar: doctrine.php: Cannot create ...
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extract to folder with tar command

I want to extract a tar.bz2 file to specific folder. Problem is that tar xjf will extract the content without extracting to a folder. Assume I have 1.tar.bz2. I want to have a result like this 1/a....
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tar backup zsh script

Trying to set up a cronjob ran tar script to backup site (without .git and setup folder) every night and upload time stamped archive to Dropbox. It gives me a hard time as archive is created along ...
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in place refreshing of a large tar.gz?

I have a directory with about 300Mb of code and data, and I need to regularly change a few lines of code in a few of the files and repackage the directory into a new project-version.tar.gz. It takes ...
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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 ...