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Is it possible to create a target directory, similar to mkdir -p, where I can define a non-existent target directory within my tar command, and tar will create the directory for me?

I know I can redirect the output to a directory using tar -C /target/dir, but this doesn't work if the target directory is non-existent.

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If it isn't possible, you could always create a shell alias. – n0pe Nov 25 '11 at 4:02

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mkdir -p /target/dir && tar -C /target/dir
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This made more sense to me mkdir -p /create/folder && tar -zxf haroopad-v0.13.0_x64.tar.gz -C /create/testfolder

mkdir makes the folder although i dont quite understand the -p switch. && lets you execute a second command. i used typical tar -switches but at the end -C is used to change directories and extract to that location needed.

reference: extract-files-contained-in-archive-tar-gz-to-new-directory-named-archive

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The -p switch will not throw an error if the directory already exists. – David Sep 3 at 21:10
@David it will also create any leading non-existing directories, i.e. it'll create /create if it doesn't exist. – Antonio Pérez Oct 21 at 13:40

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