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

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Estimating compressed file size using a list parameter

I am currently compressing a list of files from a directory in the following format: tar -cvjf test_1.tar.gz -T test_1.lst --no-recursion The above command will compress only those files ...
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recreating just the uid/gid unix permissions from tar

I was restoring a root partition based on a tar backup from system-rescue-cd. It went ok except the uid/gid mappings on the system-rescue-cd disk did not match the ones on this debian system that I ...
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Splitting tar archives and uploading them one at a time

I want to backup my systems to split tar archives with a script uploading them one by one. It has to create the split archive and then run a script. The script uploads the part and deletes it. This is ...
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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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cpio VS tar - what the best archive solution in order to compress hundred of directories to one file

in my Linux machine under /var/Recording directory. I have hundreds directories and each directory there are also directories and files include hard links and soft link . I want to compress all ...
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Tar not preserving permissions on extract

I'm backing up a users folder as root using tar tar -czf /mnt/disk/cloud.tar.gz -C /home/cloud/ . In /mnt/disk I do a test tar ztvf cloud.tar.gz and it shows -rw-r--r-- cloud/cloud 14 ...
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Change root folder name in tar.gz file

I have a tar.gz file, specifically: http://download.oracle.com/otn-pub/java/jdk/8u20-b26/jdk-8u20-linux-x64.tar.gz. I am going to download this, change it and stick it in my own repository. I wish to ...
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How to restore the file access time after extracting from archive

Is it possible under Linux to restore the file access time to that of the original file after extracting files from an archive created with tar on NTFS file system? tar does not restore the access ...
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Recover files from corrupt archive

I have a tar file of 40Gb but when I open it with the archive manager on Ubuntu I get only 512MB. The major part of my files are messing. Even when I do : tar -tf myfile.tar.gz I don't get the list ...
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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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Compressed file with a header containing all files within it, at the beginning of the file

I have noticed that most files resulting from a compression / archive process do not have a list of the files contained at the beginning of the resulting file, but rather at the end of it. For ...
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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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How to make tar only match patterns to extract on a certain directory?

The extracted tgz contains a structure approximately like: Source header.h bozo.h dir2 anotherheader.h The following: tar xzf libm.tar.gz --strip-components=2 Libm-2026/Source/*.h/ extracts ...
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view zip file content in tree command style

I am seeing the zip file content using unzip -l files.zip | less but it outputs in ls style , is it possible to to display output in tree command style
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Why is tar|tar so much faster than cp?

For recursively copying a directory, using tar to pack up a directory and then piping the output to another tar to unpack seems to be much faster than using cp -r (or cp -a). Why is this? And why ...
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How do I extract files from one tarball to another tarball in one step?

I have some fairly large tarball archives, from which I need to extract some files. I will later repack those files to transfer them to another server. Currently that is a two (multi) step process for ...
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Download zip/tar Github repository with .git metadata?

I need to download zip/tar Git repositories from Github and get not just the source but also the .git directory. I'm aware I could use git clone, but this is for an tool that runs on systems that may ...
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tar with -T - and prevent creating empty archive

I must use tar with -T - and get backed up file list from stdin. Untoftunately when input list is empty, tar creates empty archive. I want prevention to this. It is possible induce tar to do ...
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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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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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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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keeping Snow Leopard's directory timestamps when extracting a tar in Mountain Lion

I have a directory in a Snow Leopard box that looks something like: MyDir/ file1 SubDir1/ file2 SubDir2/ file3 I created an encrypted archive of it (still in Snow ...
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Extracting a tar file containing files with Chinese names will make the filenames illegible

On my Mac OS 10.6.8 I had a directory full of files that had Chinese filenames. I proceeded to run tar czf mydir.tar.gz mydir Now when I untar it with tar xzf mydir.tar.gz, the extracted filenames ...
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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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GPG with tar.gz at the same time without the full path being packed

I would like to compress and encrypt a folder: tar -cz "/path/to/the/folder/" | gpg --encrypt --passphrase "password" --recipient "mail@mail.mail" > "/destination/package.tar.gz.gpg" When I ...
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tar failing to create symlink on samba mounted share

We have a perl build script which, as part of it's operation, untar's a few tarballs. One of those, openssl, contains some symlinks (libssl.so points to libssl.so.1.0.0). I am trying to run this on ...
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efficiently append to large tar archive

I thought that tar was meant to write out on linear media, eg. tape in the beginning. So appending further files to an existing archive should only touch it's end I guessed. However, appending a ...
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Piping back resulting stream from split remote commands

I'm trying to perform the following: (1) generating data on my local workstation (2) piping this data (huge amount!) once to my remote speedy server (3) performing two separate operations on this ...
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Why am I encountering 'Error decoding stream footer' when decompressing using `pixz`?

I compressed a file using tar -pcv input_dir | pixz 8 -p8 > output.tar.xz. When I try to decompress or list the files using pixz -d and pixz -l i encounter the error Error decoding stream footer. ...
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Tar progress per file with pv for multiple files/folders at a time?

I've been using this one line command that I found on another post here and it works great for one folder at a time. This is the command: tar -cf - /opt/folder1 | pv -s $(du -sb /opt/folder1 | awk ...
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Composer Install .tar.gz

Trying to install node.js via composer (for automation). "repositories": [ "type": "package", "package": { "name": "nodejs/nodejs", "version": "0.12.6", "dist": { ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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GNU tar treatment of symbolic link timestamp

I need to use (GNU) tar to move a directory tree from one Linux machine to another, and I want symbolic links to remain symbolic links. I did it with just the usual command line options (cf and xf). ...
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How do I start an application after running the installation script?

I've been looking around the internet and I can't find a direct answer to this. I've install Komodo IDE by downloading the .tar.gz file (from http://komodoide.com/download/) and using the tar command ...
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tar: re-extract files with a different size on disk

I have some gigantic tarballs that I was extracting, then cancelled mid-extraction, so the files from the .tar file all exist on disk but are not all the right size. Is there any way to: (1) Have ...
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Apache compilation from source followed by php compilation as DSO and suphp. Pull up a phpinfo file under both configurations

I've followed all the steps specified here. I've done the following steps as per the link: Compile apache from source (using httpd-2.2.24.tar.gz, apr-1.4.6.tar.gz, apr-util-1.5.2.tar.gz) Compile ...
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Installing Eclipse for linux (64 bit)

So I am trying to download the latest version of eclipse from the link provided by eclipse.org I am using Ubuntu 14.04 64 bit. There is a package available in the software repositories, but it is ...
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Archive directory system with compression for subdirectories - dar?

I have a large (~100GB uncompressed) collection of files that I want to store in < 2GB chunks for backup on a Windows Server based storage system. I'm running Ubuntu on my workstation. The data ...
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Tar a very large file directly to a drive

I was running my code to download some data on the Amazon cloud. The instance that I was running had an 8GB storage that I had bought with it plus 140GB extra instance storage (sort of plugged in as a ...
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Store the filename of the extracted file in a text file

what is the best way to store the filename of an extracted file in a text file? I have a script that extract a single file from a tar file and then I need to store the name extracted file to a txt ...
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script on a remote machine that archive files fails

I have a simple script (Given below) on a machine that collect files from several folders into a single one and then archive it. The script works as expected on the remote machine. When I run it via ...
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LZMA Based Archiving on Linux

I am trying to build an archiving system. I have tested out LZMA compression algorithm, and it provides very good results. However, I need the ability to add and retrieve(will remain in the archive) ...
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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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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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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 ...