The tar archive format and/or the command-line utility for working with tar files.

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Backup files with tar command and progress bar? [duplicate]

Can I see a progress bar or something not only ust the terminal screen output while backing up? Here is my shell script that I used backup with tar command: # !/bin/bash DATEJOUR=$(date +"%Y-%m-%...
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Why was shar written if tar already existed?

According to the BSD man pages, tar first appeared in Version 7 UNIX in 1979, but shar first appeared in 4.4BSD, which was released in 1994. What were the perceived advantages to shar at the time? ...
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Extracting a certain folder from a tarball - how do I tell it where to put the file once extracted?

I've looked around at multiple sources for this question and I know how to extract the file, but neither source told me how to state where to put the folder once it has been extracted. I tried this: ...
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Tar files starting with the same pattern

I have some log files named : 2016-02-10_03-52.log 2016-02-10_04-43.log 2016-02-10_02-13.log ... 2016-03-15_07-03.log 2016-03-15_09-08.log Basically the pattern is : YYYY-MM-DD_.log I would ...
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Excluding files whilst using tar to zip site contents not working [closed]

I'm trying to zip the contents of a site using tar and exclude a bunch of folders and error_log files but it doesn't seem to be working, when it's processing I still see many of the excluded files ...
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tar excludes way too much

When running tar in /, how can i exclude e.g. "/sbin" while not also excluding "/usr/sbin"? Some details: It is widespread opinion that tar --exclude=dir only excludes "dir" and its subfolders seen ...
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archivemount (tar) returns before writing complete (sync on write?)

I just learned about archivemount some days ago, and it sounds like exactly the solution I need for a backup problem I have with ecryptfs. However, in my tests, it seems that archivemount exits before ...
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putting files in subdirectory while making tar

I am trying to make a tar file. I have 2 folders that I need to tar. let me clear my question. folder 1. /temp1 folder 2. /temp1 now I want my tar output to be such that when i untar it i get /...
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Unzipping using tar: --exclude too greedy: how to exclude only root-level file?

I’m on a Mac, El Capitan. My zip file structure: README.md source/README.md I can’t seem to --exclude the root-level README.md without also excluding the one in the source directory too. I’ve ...
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Linux + how to compress the old log files automatically

Under /var/log/httpd folder, files are created with huge capacity!!! What solution can I use in order to compress the old files automatically (can logrotate handle this)? If yes, how to configure ...
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Is it possible to add error correction codes (BCH, RS or etc.) to a single file?

As far as I know, WinRAR archives may contain ECC (error correction codes), so if the archive is slightly damaged, then it can be fixed by itself. For example, I can first encode archives.tar to ...
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tar + rsync + untar. Any speed benefit over just rsync?

I often find myself sending folders with 10K - 100K of files to a remote machine (within the same network on-campus). I was just wondering if there are reasons to believe that, tar + rsync + ...
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tar a folder given a path and store it inside another folder

I'm trying to finish a little bash project and I got stuck while trying to tar a folder given a path. For example, the program receives the route /home/folderx. Then, it looks for every folder inside ...
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tar without -f option in extraction

My question is similar to the question What does the -f parameter do in the tar command, but it pertains to archive extraction. If I issue tar x instead of tar xf mytarball.tar, is it expecting I "...
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Untar File.tar.gz from Shell w/Nested .tar

I am trying to untar a file from a shell script. There is one file within the file.tar.gz that is a tar that is not getting untared. I have tried several methods with no luck. http://stackoverflow....
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How to pin certain files when using sort?

Normally I am more creative with Unix commands and pipes, but not today. So what I have is this: collage.jpg DCIM001.jpg DCIM002.jpg or this: 001.jpg 002.jpg boston-collage.jpg or sometimes ...
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Compare and tar file for 2 date formats from filename

I need to keep files 4 months from now (3 previous month + 1 current month) in directory and tar the rest. But the problem is my files consist of different format. StockList_03-01-2015.txt Ref_01-02-...
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How do I extract with tar to a different directory?

This doesn't work: tar xf /tmp/foo.tar.gz foo/bar tar: foo/bar: Not found in archive It's not obvious to me what would do this beyond extracting it in place and moving the files over.
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unpacking tarball with hard links on a file system that doesn't support hard links

I got a tarball (let's say t.tar.gz) that contains the following files ./a/a.txt ./b/b.txt where ./b/b.txt is a hard link to ./a/a.txt. I want to unpack the tarball on a network file system (AFS) ...
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How do I dereference links when extracting from a tar file?

If I have a tar file, bob.tar, which contains real_file and link_to_real_file, in which the latter is a symlink, is there a way to extract the contents of bob.tar so that link_to_real_file will not be ...
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Where to tar entire USB flash drives?

I want to do all my archiving and compression on the command line. I have a USB flash drive located at /dev/disk/by-label/SanDiskData (which links to /dev/sdc1). I thought I could simply do: $ cd /...
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How to create tar archive in a different directory?

I want to create a tar archive in a different directory rather than the current directory. I tried this command: tar czf file.tar.gz file1 -C /var/www/ but it creates the archive in the current ...
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splitting a tar

I was tossed into Linux at work and have no experience with it what so ever. The guy that's training me gives me little tasks to figure out as I go, and I'm stuck. Today he told me to tar a file and ...
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Unable to use tar to run an archive through bzip2 compression

I am having difficulty compression an archive with bzip using tar. The archive I have is user-logs.tar. I am attempting to run this: tar -jf user-logs.tar I get this error: tar: You must ...
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tar files only, no directories

I can probably write a shell script to find files only, then pass the list to tar, but I am wondering whether there already is a built-in feature in tar that allows doing just that, in a single ...
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Why doesn't `tar --exclude` take multiple options?

Looking at the man-page for tar it's stated that --exclude=PATTERN will " exclude files, given as a PATTERN ". I'm not sure if PATTERN is explained in more detail somewhere else, but why does the ...
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Why does my tar not work? [closed]

I want to install a teamspeak on my root server, but after downloading the tar file, I cannot extract it. I use the command tar -xzvf teamspeak3-server_linux_amd64-3.0.12.2.tar.bz2 I also know ...
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sudo tar changes extracted files ownership to unknown user

I am running this command: $ sudo tar xvzf nexus-latest-bundle.tar.gz The extracted files belong to an unknown (1001) user: drwxr-xr-x 8 1001 1001 4096 Dec 16 18:37 nexus-2.12.0-01 ...
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tar extraction depends on filename?

I often download tarballs with wget from sourceforge.net. The downloaded files then are named, e.g SQliteManager-1.2.4.tar.gz?r=http:%2F%2Fsourceforge.net%2Fprojects%2Fsqlitemanager%2Ffiles%2F&ts=...
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How does one remove a tar-installed Node.js from CentOS 7?

A CentOS 7 server has v0.12.7 of Node.js installed, and the installation was done using a tar. This is leading to conflicts when I try to install a more modern version of Node.js using yum. What ...
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Difference between tar and star

I've been learning about the syntax and usage of tar and came across star. I've read this paragraph from the star manpage: Star includes the first free implementation of POSIX.1-2001 extended tar ...
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Tar a folder without .git files?

If I tar a folder that is a git repository, can I do so without including the .git related files? If not, how would I go about doing that via a command?
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Memory problems when compressing and transferring a large number of small files (1TB in total)

I have 5 million files which take up about 1TB of storage space. I need to transfer these files to a third party. What's the best way to do this? I have tried reducing the size using .tar.gz, but ...
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How to issue a tar command when you restore your system

I've recently created a tarball backup of my Ubuntu system (/ and /home partitions both ext4). When I was creating a backup I booted off Live DVD and I used a tar command. Now I wonder which would be ...
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“a” showing up with files during tar archiving

While I'm archiving the file in my local system, I see an "a" at the beginning of the files while compressing. tar -zcvf database.tgz database/ a database a database/GeoIP2-City.mmdb a database/...
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How to create a tar of directory structure

I want to copy the directories into another server; however don't need to copy the files of the directories. So a tar of empty directories is the one that I am looking for.
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tar to pipe but keep -v verbose output separate from STDERR

A normal tar command tar cvf foo.tar ./foo >foo.out 2>foo.err has three output IO streams archive data to foo.tar list of filenames to STDOUT (redirected into foo.out) error messages to ...
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AIX tar error: There is not enough memory available now

I have an AIX P720 server running AIX 5.3. When running tar -xvf /dev/rmt0 extracting from tape (IBM TS3100 Tape Library), I get the following error: "There is not enough memory available now". It ...
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How to “Find” then “Rsync” then “Tar/gz” on destination host?

I have a Cassandra node with snapshots broken up into 64 directories with over 350 files per directory. I want to "find" all snapshot files, preserve their location, rsync them across to a host with ...
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Tar waiting a long time at end of block device

I had some trouble getting Linux installed to a particular netbook and had to restart it from scratch multiple times. Re-typing the same commands to set up networking and bootstrap the install was ...
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Is there a parallel file archiver (like tar)?

Is there something out there for parallel archiving of files? Tar is great, but I don't use tape archives, and it's more important to me that the archiving happens quickly (with compression like ...
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How to 'snapshot' a chroot?

I want to perform something similar to a 'clone' on vmware fusion/virtualbox/a VM manager. Host and chroot are both ubuntu. One complicating factor may be that this chroot may have one or more child ...
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How to make tar to ignore last-modified-time of files/directories

I'm using tar to backup a directory. Some files/directories' last-modified-time will be updated but the content remains. I would like to get a tarball with the binary if the directory files' content ...
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Not able to see the backed up file in the backed up media

I used 2 commands cpio and tar to perform the same operation of backing up data to an external drive which is my 8Gb pen drive (sandisk brand). At the time of executing the commands, it outputs ...
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Does the untarred folder overwrites or appends the contents of the original folder? [duplicate]

I have a x.tar.gz as a backup which has the following contents: .htaccess a.html b.html c.html x.html I have also a ./x directory, already existing, which has the following contents: .htaccess a....
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tar extraction also automatically decompresses

When I run tar -cvzf archive.tgz file1 file2 ; rm file1 file2 it normally creates a compressed tarball, but how is it possible that tar -xvf archive.tgz gives me back the uncompressed files? I'...
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Make Tar Incremental Backups into One Backup?

Well, I know this question is quite strange. I have done a lot of incremental backups. Now the total file size gets too large, because there are a lot of duplicate files with similar contents, and ...
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tar “--exclude-from” double star wildcard

I wrote a backup script on my Debian 8 system which uses tar command with "--exclude-from" to exclude some files/dir. This works great, but today I would like to exclude some files sharing the same ...
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Compress mtdblock with 'tar' before sending it via TFTP

what is proper command compress mtdblock with 'tar' before sending it via TFTP? tftp -l /dev/mtdblock3 -p 192.168.100.40
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Tar files in order

I am taring files using this script tar -cvf test.tar -C /home/user/Desktop/filestoTar File_one zap_file tar -rvf test.tar -C /home/user/Downloads/test Auto_file rocket_file And I want to untar ...