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

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Webserver to provide several options to cleint download request?

I want to be able to download from webserver a file. However, I want the server to store several versions of that file (for example, one saved as AppB.tar or another as AppB.tar.gz), and then for the ...
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Convert binary mode to text mode and the reverse option

By the following way I convert a simple binary file into a text file od –t x1 Check.tar | cut –c8- > Check.txt What is the opposite way to convert the Check.txt to Check.tar as the original file ...
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Backing up linux server on ntfs harddrive

I'm looking for a way to backup my debian server. For the data partition I have a solution using rsync, the backup goes to an encrypted ntfs-drive. NTFS because I often take the drive with me to watch ...
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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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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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Is it OK to copy (not clone) a git repository using basic Unix commands?

I’m pretty new to using git and was wondering if it’s ok to copy a Git repository with common UNIX commands (like cp or tar/untag), rather than through git clone. I’m in the situation where I have ...
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powershell script extract multiple .gz file

would you please help me in this , I have multiple files .tar.gz and i need to extract them , i am able to extract the File.gz incase i have one file using the below script , please let me know how ...
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continue extracting a tarball after job is killed

I am extracting a big tarball, but the job was killed in the midway. Is it possible to continue extraction without rolling back from the beginning? The command I was using was tar xvf foo.tar.gz
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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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tar: How to remove files after packing but keep directory

I want tar to pack a complete directory tar cvjf dir.tbz dir But make it delete all files tar cvjf dir.tbz dir --remove-files However this removes ./dir too. So I tried to cd into directory ...
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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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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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create tar with multiple directories and file locations

I have some scripts and files located in various locations like: /etc/dir1 /var/www/html /home/somedir I want to make a tar file so that it copies files and folders with the location structure. ...
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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 ...
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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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How to untar an archive without the root folder, but keeping the full hierarchy inside it?

If I’ve got a .tar archive, and when I extract it, it gives me a single folder foo containing some more stuff, like this: foo/ something.txt another.txt bar/ something-else.txt Is there a ...
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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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Exclude top level files from zip but include directories and contents

This is driving me nuts. All google results are for the reverse scenario. So I have a directory structure like: MyFiles | file1 | file2 | file3 | MoreFiles | | file4 | | ...
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GNU tar and condensed sparse files

My version of tar doesn't appear to be able to make non-sparse files sparse, though cp does. Are some tar implementations capable of this? (This answer suggests that they may be.) $ dd if=/dev/zero ...
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Remote backup via SSH

I have two computers, my local and remote. I want to backup remote server with tar command via ssh but saving tar file on local computer. Is it possible?
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How to tar.gz everything but .jpg/gif/png/wmv/flv/tar.gz/zip?

how do I tar.gz everything apart from jpg/gif/png/wmv/flv/zips, recursively, via the Unix shell?
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tar – extract discarding directory structure

unzip has a nifty option -j, whereby the directory structure of the archive is discarded, and all files are extracted into the same directory. Is there a way of making tar work in the same way? ...
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Can I stop a netcat tar pipe and continue later without overriding existing files?

I'm trying to copy a lot of files from my NAS to my server, about 2TB. I found that using a netcat tar pipe to copy the directories goes pretty fast, about 40mb/s. It seems to work faster than rsync ...
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Need to create .tgz file in Windows

I need to create a .tgz file - NOT a tar.gz, a .tgz specifically - in Windows. I've tried 7zip, Peazip, and ProgramArchiver, but they all create .tar.gz files. I've also tried running 7z from the ...
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Spaced string variable as command parameter inside shell script

How can I store a spaced string in a variable and use it as a command parameter inside a shell script? This is what I'm trying to do: DESTINATION='/mnt/External Harddisk' ...
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how to copy entire linux root filesystem to new hard drive on with ssh and tar

I need to transfer an entire linux root filesystem off of a failing hard drive onto another computer with an open, available partition. I've pretty sure this involves tar and ssh, but I can't remember ...
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Linux / OS X tar incompatibility – tarballs created on OS X give errors when untarred in Linux

When I tar up files on my Macbook and untar them in Linux, I repeatedly get the following warnings/errors: tar: Ignoring unknown extended header keyword `SCHILY.ino' tar: Ignoring unknown extended ...
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How to create a VM from archived linux?

There is a full backup of a 64-bit ubuntu called fullbackup.tar.gz which needs to become a live virtual machine. Is that even possible? VirtualBox file is preferred.
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Make tar archive only files without directories (equivalent of zip -D -j)

I want to tar (and gzip) files without directories and do not store directory paths. I want only flat files in my archive. For example if I'll do something like this: tar -czf archive.tgz ...
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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 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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How do I back up images with limited disk space?

I'm in a scenario where I have one 500GB hard drive and about 400GB of images I want to tar. I obviously won't have enough disk space, but I don't mind getting rid of the images as they are added to ...
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Restoring a website from a tar.gz file

I have a backup of a website that I created using the tar command below: tar -cvpzf backup.tar.gz /var/www/vhosts/example.com/httpdocs I see that in the archive file, it has saved the entire path ...
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How to recursively extract all .tar and .tgz file zipped in a .tgz file using 7zip command line version

I'm using 7zip cmd line version in my app (written in Python on Win 7 box) to extract .tgz files. Although I'm using the -r switch, the .tar and .tgz subdirectories are not extracted. Can someone tell ...
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tar folders older from last week

I am trying to create a script that need to archive text logs from last week. Basically we have a path where we have folders on date as follows, Each folder contains csv files containing data for ...
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Does specifying the compression engine to tar directly actually use less intermediate disk space than tarring first and then compressing?

When I use tar to archive a directory and then compress it separately using e.g. xz, there will be a point where I have three files on my system - dir, dir.tar and dir.tar.xz. As soon as the ...
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Which is the preferred approach to pass command/script arguments to a log file?

Generally, I am wondering how I can pass the arguments from a terminal command to stdout. More specifically, I am using tar as part of my backup process and I would like the parameters (especially ...
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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 compile predictive mode using Gow instead of Cygwin on Windows?

I want to install the predictive mode for latex in Emacs editor. Since I have windows so I should have the make utility available. I don't want to install the fussy Cygwin (over 100MB), but the much ...
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What is the advantage of using 'tar' today?

I know that tar was made for tape archives back in the day, but today we have archive file formats that both aggregate files and perform compression within the same logical file format. Questions: ...
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How to tar directory and then remove originals including the directory?

I'm trying to tar a collection of files in a directory called 'my_directory' and remove the originals by using the command: tar -cvf files.tar my_directory --remove-files However it is only ...
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What happens when directory contents change during tar?

I have a large directory that I'm taring. It takes a long time and I was wondering what happens when the directory contents change whilst tar is still doing its thing.
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Why tar hangs failing to extract a file

I am using a Solaris 11 system and am trying to extract from a tar file which I know to be OK, but when I try to extract it, tar hangs. I don't get any feedback from tar. What areas of Solaris should ...
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Downloading large amount of files from unix server

there are about 7000000 files in a single directory summing up to a total of 650 GB. (listing them alone is not even possible) what options do i have to download these? i was thinking of using tar ...
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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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How do I get file permissions to carry over from Windows to Linux via Python?

I recently replaced an outdated packaging script written as a batch file with a new one written in Python. We build/package the software on a Windows machine, then deploy it to a Linux machine. More ...
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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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Is there a way to mount a file.tar.bz2 without extracting it onto the filesystem?

Is there a way to mount a file.tar.bz2 without extracting it onto the filesystem? I don't care if the mount is read only. Hopefully your answer will also apply to file.tar.gz. "mount" in this ...
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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 install u-torrent from a tar.gz on Kali Linux?

I am trying to install u-torrent, from utserver.tar.gz file. I have used the commands: root@kali:~# cd ~/Desktop root@kali:~/Desktop# ls [kickass.so]easy.recovery.essentials.pro.win.8.7.xp.torrent ...