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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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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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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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 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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7-Zip: Empty tar file created

Using 7-Zip portable i created a tar file containing a folder which also contains numerous files and folders (200mb+). When i open the tar file it is empty, but the size of the tar file is exactly ...
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How to untar file with UTF-8 special characters in Windows

I want extract a TAR file with special characters UTF-8 and when open it with WinRAR and PeaZip show filename like mark question and when extract it with WinRAR and 7-Zip file name change to ...
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Unzipping files downloaded from the Arxiv server

I want to download the source Tex files (not the pdf) of this document: http://arxiv.org/abs/1306.0322 After downloading here, I get a weird file with the ".0322v3" (the second part of the doc code) ...
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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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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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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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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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How to delete files from a tarball by owner or version? Tarball contains files from multiple owners

I was deleting and appending files to a already existing tarball (meaning created by someone else other than me) but now I have duplicated directories from different owners and even from the same ...
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FTP files from Linux server to windows client machine whilst maintaining linux file permissions

My local machine runs windows and my website is on a linux server. I want to back up my website to my local windows machine and maintain linux file and folder permissions. Ordinarily I would compress ...
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Strategies To Reduce Compressed File Lookup Time With Pixz?

I have a PIXZ-compressed (level -9) tarball containing around 4000 files (ordered, like pages in a book): compressed size is ~670M. Currently I am programmatically accessing these files using the ...
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Does tar happen to corrupt files? How can I recover a corrupted file?

So I was finishing a small c++ project last sunday, after a last check I made a tgz archive of it and sent it by email. And when I tried to open it again today, the file appeared to be completely ...
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Automate the tar on file creation

I need to tar the log files automatically when its get created with date (eg., error.log-20151116). How should i automate this activity. I don't want to perform this action by log rotation.
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Error when extracting tar.gz file which contains symbolic link inside

I tried to compress the Repo folder (AOSP) into tar.gz.Source folder has many git folders and Symbolic links.It compressed without any error.But when i tried to decompress it using tar command it is ...
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Recover overwritten .tar file on otherwise empty drive

I had a partition with basically nothing but a giant .tar file on it (that plus Ubuntu's "lost+found"). Then when I went to extract the tar file, I accidentally did tar -c instead of tar -x, replacing ...
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ssh download with tar and password prompt: tar: This does not look like a tar archive

So I am trying to download a directory recursively from another server with a command that looks like this: ssh user@server "cd some/directory && tar --dereference -c datadir" | pv | tar xv ...
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Synthesizing progress function with tar script

I use this tar script to backup my files: #!/bin/bash cd /mnt/backupdisk tar -cvpzf "$(date +%m%d%Y).tar.gz" --exclude="~/Documents/Excluded" --exclude-caches-all /home I want to add a progress ...
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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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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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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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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 ...