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

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How to delete files from a directory based on the contents of a gzipped tar file?

Given that I: have a directory that contains over 1000 files have a gzip'ed tar file that contains a subset of those files (x.tgz) What is the single command line (if it is possible) that will ...
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How do I archive a folder keeping owners and permissions intact?

Is there any way to archive a folder and keep the owners and permissions intact? I'm doing a backup of some files, which I want to move using a usb-stick, which has a FAT filesystem. So the idea was ...
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How to ignore adding modified time to archive file while compress using tar

Can we instruct tar to do not keep modified time of the files in archive file while compress. What I want is, the extracted directories/files should get time from machine where it's extracting, not ...
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exclude files in tar.gz

I want to exclude two files from a tar file.. But it doesn't seem to work cd /var/www/public/api_test tar -zcvf api_v2.x.tar.gz api --exclude "./api/distributor_test.php" --exclude ...
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What is the default path of newly created tar archive?

I created tar archive using following command: tar -zcvf archive-name.tar.gz directory-name After this operation, where that tar.gz is located?
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tar command - skip symlinks

I use the tar command as, tar -cvf protTests.tar protTests/* to tar all files inside the folder, protTests. But this is including the symbolic links inside the folder, which is not a desired one. ...
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scp and compress at the same time, no intermediate save

What is the canonical way to: scp a file to a remote location compress the file in transit (tar or not, single file or whole folder, 7za or something else even more efficient) do the above without ...
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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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How can I filter the contents of a tar file, producing another tar file in the pipe?

Consider a single tar file from an external system which contains some directories with various attributes which I want to retain such as permissions, mtimes, etc. How can I easily take a subset of ...
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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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Copy just permissions and ownership from one tar file to another

I have two tar files which are basically backups of my /data folder on android. The problem is the permissions and ownership of the files inside latest back-up is messed up. However the permissions in ...
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How to use tar to compress a group of files in a .txt file?

I have a lot of filenames that listed in a .txt file called to_be_archived_files.txt, and its content is as: ~/Documents/dir1/a.html ~/Documents/dir1/b.html ~/Documents/dir1/c/1.html How do I add ...
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Archiving to remote-machine with tar/cpio and ssh?

I'm renting a couple of VPS with Ubuntu, and I've managed to fill-up one of them. Here I've got several directories with lots of files I'd like to put into an archive. Unfortunately, I don't have ...
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find command and tar

find /informatica/dev/SrcFiles* -mtime +7 -and -size +1M -exec tar -cvjf> So I ran this command and I can't find the file after it was done running (probably because I never named it?). The ...
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How to create a tar of a chroot?

I want to capture everything in a chroot but am unsure whether I need to first chroot into it to see the full filesystem/preserver permissions etc. From outside the chroot, it seems like I would miss ...
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creating a xar archive using the tar utility in FreeBSD

I am trying to create a xar archive using the tar utility in FreeBSD tar -c -f test --format xar index.html I get the following error Can't use format xar: Xar not supported on this platform How ...
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Where the term “tarball” comes from?

I use unix distros every day and I started using them a long time ago but I never thought about the provenience of the word "tarball". I tried to search it on the dictionary but I didn't find ...
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Unix : how to tar only N first files of each folder?

I have a folder containing 2Gb of images, with sub-folders several levels deep. I'd like to archive only N files of each (sub) folder in a tar file. I tried to use find then tail then tar but ...
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tar: Unexpected EOF in archive

I am trying extract .tar.gz file it but with no luck gzip: stdin: unexpected end of file tar: Unexpected EOF in archive tar: Unexpected EOF in archive tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now the ...
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Does tar actually compress files, or just group them together?

I usually assumed that tar was a compression utility, but I am unsure, does it actually compress files, or is it just like an ISO file, a file to hold files?
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Using tar to backup and restore a path mounted with overlayfs

I have a system running OpenWRT with Linux 2.6.39.2. In my filesystem, I have symlinks contained in /etc/rc.d on ROM and more symlinks contained in /overlay/etc/rc.d in flash. overlayfs does a union ...
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how to untar a file in Ubuntu? [closed]

Whenever I am writing this: tar - xvf grads-2.0.2.oga.2-bundle.tar.gz I am getting this: You must specify one of the '-Acdtrux', '--delete' or '--test-label' options How to use this?
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XZ - Cannot allocate memory

If i run this command: XZ_OPT=-9 tar --xz -cvf files/compressed/xz/archive.tar.xz -C files/original/ . Get this message: xz: (stdin): Cannot allocate memory tar: ...
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Set LZMA compression level via tar [duplicate]

How can I set the compression level for this command? tar --lzma -cf files/compressed/lzma/archive.lzma -C files/original/ . With --bzip I just use: BZIP2=-9 tar --bzip2 -cf ...
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Add/update a file to an existing tar.gz archive?

Is there a way to add/update a file in a tar.gz archive? Basically, I have an archive which contains a file at /data/data/com.myapp.backup/./files/settings.txt and I'd like to pull that file from the ...
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Output file generated by tar

tar can be used to gather a whole directory into a single file. I tried with the sample directory sampledir containing just some text files, with no subdirectories. Originally the directory occupies ...
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How to determine where a tarball expanded

I ran the following on Redhat linux: tar zxvf jdk-7u79-linux-x64.tar.gz resulting in: jdk1.7.0_79/ jdk1.7.0_79/LICENSE jdk1.7.0_79/release jdk1.7.0_79/jre/ jdk1.7.0_79/jre/LICENSE ...
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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 ...
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tar in parallel [duplicate]

I have a directory with several hundred sub-directories. I want to tar and compress each sub-directory and name the resulting file <currentDirName>.tar.bz2. I have done: find ./dir -type f ...
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tar ignoring “newer” option

How do I get tar to only include files newer than a certain date? I have tried the following, both of which include older and newer files (today is 2015-07-20): tar -cj -N 2015-07-07 directory | tar ...
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Pack file with tar.gz from root directory

I try to pack a .csv file with tar.gz, while being in the root directory. The file myfile.csv is located at /mnt/sdb1/ So the full filename is /mnt/sdb1/myfile.csv I try to save the tar.gz under ...
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unable to back-up data from android tablet to laptop using tar!

I'm using tar to back-up data from my android tablet to laptop. But it is showing some error. ravbholua@ravbholua-Aspire-5315:/run/user/ravbholua/gvfs/mtp:host=%5Busb%3A002%2C003%5D/65537/9$ tar -cvf ...
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How to tar-bzip old files in yearly groups

I wish to know a command I can use to grab and archive all files for a year at a time. I am working on a directory that has 72000 files, with files dated from 2007 to current. And I wish to make that ...
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tar extract hangs on non-existent file

I tried to extract a valid tar gzip file, P.tgz. It hangs infinitely. tar -x P.tgz This archive is of very small size. But it never gets completed. I tried with a non-existent tar archive, ...
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Is it possible to make a .tar.gz file directly from stdin? Or, I need to tar together already gzipped files

I'm going to tell you exactly what I need in order to clarify the cryptic question in the title. I'm currently making scheduled MySQL backups of all my databases with something like: mysqldump ... | ...
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Is there a way to convert a zip to a tar without extracting it to the filesystem?

Is there a way to convert a zip archive to a tar archive without extracting to a temporary directory first? (and without writing my own implementation of tar or unzip)
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Can I use lzma compression, without using “tar”, on OSX 10.10.3?

I kind of think of OSX as Unix by another name. But, if I need to move this to the Apple forum, please tell me! I can create tar files compressed using lzma as such: $ ls ./DbDumps alpha.dmp ...
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How can I repair a tar file where stderr got mixed with stdout?

I have a tar file that I'm trying to repair. The problem is that tar's stderr got mixed in with its stdout, so the file looks like this: % head android-1435613730.tar tar: removing leading '/' from ...
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Tar - exclude all files in sub folder but not nested folders

I need to create a .tgz archive of the following folder pack | rest | vendor (folder) | ----index.php | ----info.log | another (folder) | ---index.php ...
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Can tarring files improve compression?

Can tarring a bunch of files together improve compression with the standard tools, e.g. gzip, bzip2, xz? I've long thought this to be the case but never tested it out. If we have 2 copies of the same ...
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'Tar' the result of a 'find', preserving the directory structure

I want to tar all the *.txt files that I get as the result of a find command, that exist in a directory having a tree structure like this: Directory_name dir1 file1.pdf file1.txt dir2 ...
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untar error - Cannot change mode to rwxr-sr-x

I am trying to untar a .gz file , which is stored in the /root folder onto a directory in /mnt/flash2/example I use the following command - tar xzf filename.gz --no-same-owner -C /mnt/flash2/example ...
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Are tars deduplicatable at the block level?

Quite simply, when a tar file is made on disk, would the extents be deduplicatable with extents inside and/or outside of the tar? I am asking in the theoretical sense, so if the extents of data are ...
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View a file in a tar archive without extracting it

I want to view the content of the tarred file without extracting it, Scenario: I have a.tar and inside there is a file called ./x/y.txt. I want to view the content of y.txt without actually ...
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Prevent showing time stamp message when running “tar xzf”

When running tar xzf, how to prevent this message (Prevent showing time stamp message): tar: node: time stamp 2011-06-07 02:02:30 is 8309 s in the future tar: user/Node: time stamp 2011-06-07 ...
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I can fix/repair small damaged tar.gz files using fixgz but it doesn't work on bigger files

The title tells it. I have some damaged .tar.gz files, most of them are pretty small (smaller than 1-2gb) but 4 of them are bigger and fixgz cant fix them, when i run fixgz for those big files, it ...
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tar with -C not working [duplicate]

I am trying to un-tar into a different directory using this tar xvf BACKUP.tar -C test But I am getting the following errors File -C not present in the archive. File test not present in the ...
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tar exclude files *.zip

Why don't *.zip patterns work in tar : tar cfjv backup.tar.bz2 --exclude mydir/files/*.zip mydir Is there another syntax?
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Extract files from a corrupted .gz file

I tried to compress a directory using tar -zcvf output.gz input_dir. I suppose I should have used a .tgz extension for compressing. How do I untar output.gz? I tried both tar zxvf output.gz, which ...
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Including process output in tar file

I have a simple bash script to generate a compressed tar file and upload it to an external server for backup purposes. In addition to files on the server, I'd like to include dumps of a few mysql ...