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

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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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tar writes on read

I have an issue with tar. I'm tarring about 120GB of small files, and I feel i'm hitting a bottleneck. My system has 3 HDs, one for the system (sda), one with the files (sdb) and one target HD for ...
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Failing to extract a tar/bz2 file

File in question is http://code.google.com/p/wkhtmltopdf/downloads/detail?name=wkhtmltopdf-0.10.0_rc2-static-i386.tar.bz2 meder@pc:~$ tar -xvjf wkhtmltopdf-0.10.0_rc2-static-i386.tar.bz2 bzip2: ...
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How can I run the “tar -czf” command in Windows?

I am currently running a computer which has access to only Windows. I have to submit a folder after running tar -czf on it. How can I do this in Windows, do I have any options?
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Does tar provide a method to tar up only files listed in a particular file?

The question title is pretty weird, but basically I have a file that is a list of other files, lets say FilesIWantToTar.dat. I want to say something along the lines of tar -c ...
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how to tar files with long name/long path

When I tar files with long path name, the file name is converted to "637", and the file doesn't exists in the packing file. I try to use gtar, with no successful. Do I need specific version of ...
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Put tar'd files in a subdirectory

I have a directory setup like the following: folder_x file.y file.z I would like to create a tar file so that when it's extracted the structure will look something like this: dir_q/folder_x ...
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Auto-untar/gunzip a multilayer tarball in Win XP/7

I review a disgusting ball of knowledge each day that I'd like to think up a way to organize more automatically. The structure looks like this - Parenthesis show the number of files of that type in ...
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“tar -xzf” for many “tar.gz” files in a directory

I have many files in a directory. every one of them have very different name: one.tar.gz juk.tar.gz cv.tar.gz erf.tar.gz vcx.tar.gz cxcd.tar.gz vc.tar.gz jkjk.tar.gz zxc.tar.gz asd.tar.gz ghj.tar.gz ...
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How to extract a tar file (.tgz) in windows?

How to extract a tar file (.tgz) in windows? Is this possible, or do I have to get into a linux environment and extract it?
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Getting some garbage text when tar-ing a file

when I run the following command: tar -c music.tar iTunes\ Music/ But I get the following garbage output. ...
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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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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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How to make sure a .tar.gz file is valid and will uncompress correctly?

I have a few BIG .tar.gz files, and I want to make sure they will uncompress, but without actually doing it. If the file opens on "Archive Manager" on Ubuntu, and I can view it contents there, does ...
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How to open a .tar.gz file in Windows?

I need to open a file that sadly is only available in the .tar.gz file format and I am using Windows 7. I can unzip the file using 7-zip but after that I still have a .tar file that I can't open in ...
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Assigning new creation file time on tar extraction

Does anybody know how i can tell tar to assign a new creation date to extracted files? Let's say I have an archive filled with old files of varying ages. Upon extraction I want all files to have ...
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Why can't -z be the last command-line option to be used with tar?

$ ls one.tar.gz one.tar.gz $ tar -xvfz one.tar.gz tar: z: Cannot open: No such file or directory tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now $ tar -xvzf one.tar.gz one $ tar -xzvf one.tar.gz one $ tar ...
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Browsable compressed filesystem archive with full attributes?

Maybe a variation of the whole question would be: Are there any other archiving tools than tar that preserve Linux file permissions and user/group flags? I want to create archives of a directory tree ...
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zip/tar/? files with depth parameter

I would like to zip files from a directory but only to a given depth. In the example below I would like to include files until a depth of 3: dir0/ dir1/ dir2 -> subdir1, subdir2 dir3 ...
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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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How can I create multipart tar file in Linux?

How can I create a multipart tar file in Linux?
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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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How to split a tar file into smaller parts at file boundaries?

I have a tar file that I want to split into multiple smaller tar files. This would be easy with split, but I want the splitted files to be fully usable tar files themselves, which split can't do as it ...
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rsync hack to bounce files between two unconnected servers

Here's the connection: [Server1] <---> [my desktop] <---> [Server2] Server1 and server2 are not permitted to talk directly to eachother (don't ask). My desktop, however is able to ...
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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 ...
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Split an[d] archive large backup file in constant working space

I'm currently attempting to use tar and split to get DVD-sized archives of my Time Machine backup database. It's going to work this time, as I have a partition on my external drive large enough to ...
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Does tar -xvf remove existing files from directory?

I have a tar archive and I want to use tar -xvf. In this tar archive I have a directory tree containing a couple of files. On my solaris 10 system this directory tree already exists and has several ...
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untarred files on server has different owner

I am creating a tar gzipp'ed archive on my local machine (as user1) using the following commands: user1@devmachine:~/$ tar czpf dir.tar.gz thedirectory on the server, I untar it (as user 2) ...
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Which is more efficient - tar or zip compression? What is the difference between tar and zip?

I'm working in Linux environment and want to know about tar and zip commands. Which is more efficient - tar or zip? I also need to know the differences between the tar and zip commands. Can anyone ...
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How do I create a tar file in alphabetical order?

I want to create a tar file where all of the directories and files are processed in alphabetical order. This is for the entire directory hierarchy that's being tarred up, so it would start by ...
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Is there a way to diagnose a tar file when, on extract, files are missing but no errors are given?

I have tar files where I archive about 250 files, each about 80 Mb, without compression. In a few cases tar is only returning some of the files. For example, when doing an extract of the file using: ...
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tar --files-from complains “Cannot stat: No such file or directory”

When I type: tar -cvf ~/changeset.tar --files-from ~/changeset.txt it responds with this output: tar: admin/memberinformation.php : Cannot stat: No such file or directory tar: ...
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tar: Exiting with failure status due to previous errors

I have written a little script that tars and compresses a list of directories + files. The script appears to run succesfully, in that a useable .tar.gz file is created after the script runs. ...
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How to update a TAR/Gzip archive

I have compressed a folder using tar like this: tar cvfz folder.tar.gz folder/ Now, say I have changed some of the files in that folder, added some and removed some. And now I want to update my ...
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Is there a way to see any tar progress per file?

I have a couple of big files that I would like to compress. I can do this with for example tar cvfj big-files.tar.bz2 folder-with-big-files The problem is that I can't see any progress, so I don't ...
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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.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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How to password protect gzip files on the command line?

I want to create some tar.gz (and possibly tar.bz2) files, using the tar command on Ubuntu 10.04. I want to password protect the file. What is the command to do this (I have Googled, but found ...
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tar - exclude does not work

I've supposed to archive a directory with tar and exclude some files. I have a directory $HOME/java which includes some .java and .class files. What I want to do is exclude all .class files using the ...
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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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In place extract tar archive

I have a little dilemma here... I needed to move about 70 GB worth of files from one of my servers to the other, so I decided that tarring them up and sending the archive would be the fastest way. ...
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How to extract a single folder and its subfolders from a “tarball” (.tar.gz)

I need to extract a single folder and its subfolders from a tarball (.tar.gz) on a CentOS server. I haven't the slightest clue how to do it using an SSH terminal. I tried: gunzip -c ...
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Untar with date filter

Is there any way to untar and only extract those files that are above a certain date including directory structure?? I restored a backup on a play server but it was a few days old. However I have a ...
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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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how do I use tar -C on Snow Leopard when creating an archive?

The man page states -C directory In c and r mode, this changes the directory before adding the following files. However, tar does not change to the directory I specify, but instead reports ...
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Using find and tar with files with special characters in the name

I want to archive all .ctl files in a folder, recursively. tar -cf ctlfiles.tar `find /home/db -name "*.ctl" -print` The error message : tar: Removing leading `/' from member names tar: ...
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unpack 'tar' but change directory name to extract to

tar -tf filename.tar folder1/file folder1/name [...] I'd like to extract file and name to, folder2. Can this be done as a one-liner?
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Data Archiving vs not

For the sake of data integrity, is it wiser to archive your files or just leave them unarchived. No compression is being used. My thinking is that if you leave your files unarchived, if there is ...
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Tar and gzip together, but the other way round?

Gzipping a tar file as whole is drop dead easy and even implemented as option inside tar. So far, so good. However, from an archiver's point of view, it would be better to tar the gzipped single ...
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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?