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

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Create a tarball with a fake `root`

I'm working on something in a Makefile that will look something like this: tarball: mkdir -p tmp/tarball/etc/service mkdir -p tmp/tarball/usr/local mkdir -p ...
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How to Copy Large Directory to External Hard Drive Linux

I've formatted a 3TB external hard drive as ext4 using fdisk (actually gnu fdisk), mounted it at /media/external and am trying to copy my entire home directory to it. My first attempt I thought was ...
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installing vlc-tar.bz2 and gcc.tar

I need to install vlc player in fedora which is a tar.bz2 file. How can i install it ? Someone told me that gcc is needed to install this software. How do install gcc-4.6.2.tar ? Please list the ...
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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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Extract a section of a tgz file

I have a 28.5 GB .tgz file which was created on the command line of a Linux computer, compressing one folder and all its many many subfolders. I now want to extract a single sub-sub folder from that ...
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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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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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find files with spaces modified in last 60 days and tar.gz in files no bigger then 4gb with date

I maintain a file server. I need to backup files that have changed in a period of time. First i compressed up everything to 4gb files and backed up to dvd. But 7z that I was using 7z a -t7z ...
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How much additional disk space does tar require

I am moving a tar.gz archive between servers and had to note that when extracting the archive a large amount of additional disk space is used. My original data size is 12G, 7.8G compressed and ...
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Guess compressability of a large file

I have a large file (~20 GB) and I want to quickly make an (approximate) estimate of how well it can compress. I want an program which can provide an immediate guess at the compressed filesize, and ...
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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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Convert .tar.gz/.tar.bz2 to .7z in batch?

How do I convert .tar.gz and .tar.bz2 files to .7z files using the command line?
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How do you extract a file using tar in AIX?

On a NORMAL Unix distro, tar zxvf works but seems like my machine has some super old version of tar that doesn't have the right parameters. -bash-3.00$ tar zxvf qemu-1.7.0.tar.bz2 Usage: tar ...
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How to batch extract from archive using tar to directories

I m trying to extract files contained within a directory in a tar.gz file. The extract I m using is tar zxvf foo.tar.gz. It extracts the files from the archive but removes them from the directory they ...
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How to keep daily tar.gz backup with less redundant data

Like most of you, I have a few daily tag.gz snapshot of a folder (of any application). There is only a few different each other but the tar.gz is not a diff/delta friendly format. Most data in the ...
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Ubuntu 13.04 Restore: How to untar 'full backup archive' and remove any changes later on?

Linux newbie here. I got a fresh template of Ubuntu 13.04 installed on my VPS and made a full system backup using TAR: sudo tar -cvpjf backup.tar.bz2 --exclude=/backup.tar.bz2 --exclude=/dev/* ...
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Creating a tar with a absolute path

tar -cf /Users/Files/myfile.tar /Users/Files/ I am basically trying to create a tar containing the contents of User/Files and create it in the folder of the contents. I can only execute this ...
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Tar of Linux Kernel corrupted error while untaring

I have downloaded two versions of Linux kernel 3.9.9 and 3.10 from kernel.org. When I am trying to untar this file I am getting this error Lzma library error: Corrupted input data . I am not ...
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Removind same *.tar.gz archives

I have crontab event archives to .tar.gz some folder every N hours. Finally I have collection of .tar.gz files. Now I want remove duplicating archives (created while target files stays unchanged) How ...
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One-click to create and extract .tar.gz files in Windows?

I'm using 7-zip latest alpha version (9.30) and I find it really inconvenient that, if I want to create a .tar.gz archive, I have to create a .tar archive first then add it to a .gz archive later. So ...
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Extract untarred files from a tgz in linux

I have a large .tgz file which is of very large size(19GB). I started the untar operation in vmware last night but in the morning, I saw a blue screen of death. I dont want to waste time on untarring ...
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How to install get-iplayer from source file?

I want to install the latest version of get-iplayer in Debian, and I've got its source file, a tarball file, from here. However, I don't know what to do with it. Usually when I come across a tarball, ...
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“Unexpected end of file” error while uncompressing lzma file

I've got a file called foo.tar.lzma. While trying to decompress it, I get "Unerwartetes Dateiende" ("Unexpected end of file"). I assume I lost quite a lot of bytes, but 1.1 GB are still there. The ...
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Modifying the path inside an archive for extraction

I would like to change the path of extraction of a .tar.gz archive. The files are supposed to extract as ./1/2/3/4/files, ./1/2/3files and so on. The .1/2 part of those is common to all the files. ...
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backup of old Mac, but tar says: Error exit delayed from previous errors

I try to backup an old Mac OS X Tiger 10.4 before upgrading it to 10.6. All the files to be backed up are located within the /Users/Johndoe folder. cd /tmp sudo tar cvpf backup.tar /Users/Johndoe ...
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Backing up a directory of data incrementally in linux

I have a directory full of files that remain relatively static. However, some files are moved between subdirectories. I create a full backup every month of this data because it's a lot of data. I'd ...
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download a large file TAR using SFTP

I am trying to download from a remote server ( in UK I am in the USA) a large file using SFTP (50GB) It starts but (maybe 10% done) it abandons it and says "too large" Is there another way to get ...
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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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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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tar --remove-files behavior: delete after every file or after completion?

Pretty much in the title. I have a box with very little disk space left and lots of data. I want to add all of the files into a tar, deleting them as I go because there is clearly not enough space to ...
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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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Repair tar.gz files with a GUI

I have been downloading back ups from my web hosts cpanel on a weekly basis. The back ups are in tar.gz format. However, when I try to extract them, I get an error message stating that they are ...
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redirect tar notices when used with pipe

I have a remote backup cron script that contains the following line: cat ${list} | xargs tar Jlcf - | ssh -i /root/.ssh/backup \ seron@dummy.net "backup_${DATE}.txz" It gives tar a list of ...
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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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Is there an option to make 'tar' warn when an archive doesn't contain a single top-level directory?

I personally dislike it when tar/zip files contain many files without a base directory. For example, mypackage.tar.bz2 ├── a.txt ├── b.txt └── c.txt instead of mypackage.tar.bz2 └── mypackage/ ...
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How do I join, decrypt and uncompress my backups?

This is the line I used to back up some files for f in "*"; do tar -ch "$f" | pv | xz -9 -v |openssl des3 -salt -k “mypassword” | split -a 4 -b 200m – “/backups_${f%}.tar.xz_” ; done Now I am ...
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Recursively updating modified files in archive

I'm trying to update an existing archive using 'tar', but I understand that 'tar' doesn't recognize modified files exist in the specified directories, e.g.: $ find . . ./ex ./ex/ex ./ex/ex/.pikAboo ...
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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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Adding a file to a location within tar file

I use Ark in Fedora. It can add files. But it seems unaware of the fact that tar may have internal structure and there are much more places within the archive to add and move files than tar's root.
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git archive creates a tar file that cannot be manipulated

My usual source release script create a tar archive from git and then add a version file: echo "0.9.2" > .tarball-version touch --date="$(git log -n 1 --pretty=format:%ci)" .tarball-version git ...
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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 ...