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

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How to backup dir structure ignoring files & dirs without read permission

Any ideas how to back up a directory structure for which there are some files and/or directories for which you do not have permission to read? I'd like to just ignore those, without backup (tar? jar?) ...
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diff a gzipped tarball against a directory?

Is there a way I can diff a gzipped tarball against an existing directory? I would like to be able to do it without extracting the data from the tarball.
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bash scripting - read tarball from stdin

I have a task I need to script that I feel should be stupidly simple, but I'm actually having a rather tough time. I have a short bash script that takes a specific type of application in tarball form ...
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tar '-u' operation

When adding an updated version of a file to a tar file using '-u', and looking at the tar file with '-t', I notice that a newer version gets added to the end (the tar file also increases in size); ...
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Remove files from tar archive

I have a large file foo.tar.xz that contains a lot (say 200000) of files. I figured out that this archive contains some (around 5000) files I don't want. I don't have sufficient disk space to ...
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tar: how can I exclude intermediate directories but include leaf directories?

I want to create a tar file suitable for extracting into /. I've created a work directory that represents the root of the file system, and it has all the stuff I want included in the tar underneath, ...
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How do I use the Unix tar command with an implicit filepath?

I am using the tar -xvf command and it is taking the explicit path. However, the path is full. Example: tar -xvf 13.2.tar It is taking the path of /mnt folder. The / folder is full. How can I tar ...
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Transform a tar archive's paths without extracting it

GNU tar(1) has a neat option called --transform. From the man page: --transform, --xform EXPRESSION use sed replace EXPRESSION to transform file names This allows transformation of path ...
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tar a result of wget

I want to wget a file and tar it, in one command, I guess it is simple but I can't get it done. I tried several things. wget <url> | tar -cvz file.gz.tar - tar -cvzf file.tar `wget ...
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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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How do I extract all .htaccess files from a tarball?

I want to extract all .htaccess files from a tarball, how can I do so? I see only one mention of "include" in the manual page of tar which is not related with an option for including only certain ...
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Why does tar --exclude=“.*” create an empty archive?

Everything I read says that to exclude .svn and .htaccess and other hidden files when creating a tar archive, use the --exclude=".*" pattern. When I try, I get an empty archive. When I leave out the ...
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If I change permissions on a tar file, will that apply to the files inside it?

I have a script that runs regularly via cron, that creates a tar.gz file for the purpose of backing up a directory. For reasons beyond my control, the only user who can execute the script via cron is ...
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Create target directory when extracting tarball

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 ...
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Untar a specifc folder within tar.gz

How do I untar/uncompress a specific folder within a tar.gz using the terminal/commandline (Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr))? Precise: -file.tar.gz -- folder1 -- folder2 How to extract... ... ...
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Compress a directory using tar/gz over SSH to local computer?

I'd like to essentially tar/gz a directory on a remote machine and save the file to my local computer without having to connect back into my local machine from the remote one. Is there a way to do ...
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Look at the tar log contents without extracting them

tar -tvf file.tar contains log files. Is there anyway to do something like this tar -tvf file.tar | head -1 | awk '{print $NF}' | xargs less {} This would give file not found, but is there a way? ...
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What do these commands (`tar`) actually do? Is there a better way?

I am going over some documentation pertaining to creating a distro repo. However, I cannot understand exactly what these commands perform: # cd /mnt/ # ls centos-1 centos-2 centos-3 # for i in 1 2 ...
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What is the difference between a tar of a complete filesystem and an image?

I can create an image of a filesystem, or I can create a tar-file containing all of it. Is an image therefore something like a tar-archive? Or do these two types differ in more ways?
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How can I move the entire OS to a different server?

I want to install RhodeCode on a test server at work. However, the internet access is restricted for that server, and RhodeCode has a lot of dependencies (I don't even have Python on that server). So ...
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How to uninstall applications that were installed using tar command

Can anyone explain me how to uninstall the applications that are installed by extracting using tar command (tar files) . I am really struggling to find an uninstall file . Surprisingly, I dont't find ...
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Untar filenames in a character encoding different from encoding used in the filesystem

I occasionally get tarballs where the filenames are encoded in ISO-8859-1 or some other pre-Unicode scheme. My system uses UTF-8, so when I untar these archives with the usual options (tar xvf ...
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How do I resume a tar command which was killed

I was doing a : tar -cvf and I had to killed it with ctrl-C. I know I should have done a Ctrl-Z and then bring back the task to foreground... but it's not the story. Can I resume from the point I ...
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Cannot open: Input/output error with tar command in a shell script

I am trying to create a tar ball in a shell script (I have enabled set -x), but I get an error: + cd /home5/mysite/public_html + TAR_DUMP=gypo_2012-02-18-03:51:15.tar.gz + echo 'Tar name: ...
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Will tar -cvzf packed.tar.gz mydir take hidden files into account?

I need to create a tarball of a given directory. However, I need to make sure hidden files are included too (such as those beginning with .). Will the following command automatically take the hidden ...
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How do I hook into Tar with BASH?

Long Story Short I'm working with Tar archives that contain PNG images in base64 encoding. I would like to use BASH (or whatever else works) to hook into the extraction function of Tar to decode PNG ...
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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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How to display progress bar for tar incremental archives?

While creating a level-0 archive I can do this: tar -cf - . | pv -s $(du -sb . | awk '{print $1}') | gzip > out.tgz But in case of a level-1 (incremental) archive, I don't know beforehand what ...
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Why does the specific sequence of options matter for tar command?

I was trying out tar command to make archive with .tar extension. please have a look at the following series of commands I tried: $ ls abc.jpg hello.jpg xjf.jpg $ tar -cfv test.tar *.jpg tar: ...
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Why doesn't tar ask before overwriting existing files?

I lost a couple hundred lines of a Vim plugin I wrote and continue back up every so often because I extracted a tar file containing an older version. I decided not to use source control management ...
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I want to tar X directory not including its parents

tar cvf /var/lib/backup/sample.tar /home/user/.project However, when I extract, I get its parents as well /backup/ - /home/ - /user/ - .project/ This tar commands does it job ...
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Using files that have spaces in their name in pipes

I have folder named play which contains a file damn file (with space). When I use find and pipe the output to tar: find play/ -name 'damn*' | tar cf archive.tar -T - It works perfectly. Why does ...
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can't decompress .tgz using gunzip

I was able to archive and compress a folder with the following command: tar -cvfz example2.tgz example1 I then removed the example1 folder and tried to unpack the archive using this command: tar ...
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Indexed archive format?

I need to create compressed archives of files, and be able to quickly extract individual files/directories from them. The problem is, for example, tar.bz2 seems to be not the best choice for such ...
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how to run a software in linux without installing it

I am trying to run Rstudio download page link. On my Windows machine, I just downloaded the zip file from zip/tarballs section and was able to run .exe without installing anything on my machine. I'd ...
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Packaging with tar

I am trying to package the files: file1 folder2/hello folder2/world file3 into a tar file so they are encapsulated in a custom defined folder, so the tar -tvf archive.tar appears as: ...
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Extract single file from tar to other folder

I've searched for multiple forums for this questions and have seen different answers but so far, nothing have worked yet even from the ones I've seen here. I want to extract a single file from a tar ...
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Does tar -x Extract to Current Directory or Does it Extract to the Source of the Archive?

Does tar -x by default just extract to the current directory or does it try to reproduce the original directory structure including overwriting the original source? I know I can specify a folder to ...
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“invalid tar magic” on OpenWRT

I'm trying to install JavaSE on a OpenWrt (Pandorabox) device. When I run tar -xvf ejdk-8u65-linux-arm-sflt.tar.gz I get tar: invalid tar magic. How can I solve this problem?
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tar compression without directory structure

Under my current directory, I have two sub-directories: dir_1/ - file1.png - file2.png ... - fileN.png dir_2/ - fileA.txt - ... - fileZ.txt When I tar compress the two ...
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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 ...
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Output file from Archive

Given that I have this archive my_archive.tar.gz which has this file in it: README. How can I output the content of README without having to extract the archive? OS: Debian 7
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Where can I find updated TAR.rpm for Oracle VM Server?

I'm using tar for my incremental backup script on Oracle VM Server 3.2.2 and it comes with tar 1.15.1 I need this command: tar -cf drive-C.full.tar --no-check-device \ ...
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How to copy between two remote hosts using tar piped into SSH from remote server when behind a firewall?

I'd like to transfer a directory between two servers, but compress the directory on the remote host before transfer, and then uncompress to another host. I'm sure it's possible to pipe everything all ...
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Tar is currently reading a 2GB file, and I deleted its only link. How do I stop it from running for an eternity?

Some more information: I was backing up a large directory with tar, only there were a couple of large files there that I didn't expect. This connection is over the network and very slow, so simply ...
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How to untar a file skipping the beginning of the directory structure?

I created tar archives with an absolute path to save the files. /home/mydir/dir1/dir2/dir3/file1.dat /home/mydir/dir1/dir2/dir3/file2.dat /home/mydir/dir1/dir2/dir3/file3.dat I would like to untar ...
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Midnight Commander, using date in User menu

I would like to use MC (midnight commander) to compress the selected dir with date in its name, e.g: dirname_20131231.tar.gz The command in the User menu is : tar -czf dirname_`date ...
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Generating sets of files that fit on a given media size for tar -T

Can anyone suggest a script that will take as input the name of one or more directories and a media size, and output lists of files for input to tar using -T (assuming no compression)? ...
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Install powernap on debian?

I just read about powernap here but don't know how to install it.. Download and untar was simple: axel https://launchpad.net/powernap/trunk/2.20/+download/powernap_2.20.orig.tar.gz && tar ...
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Can I store and work with a directory in compressed form?

I have to work with many large sized directories which are shipped around in the form of tarballs. However, in order to really do any operations these tarballs have to be untarred into directories and ...