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

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Tar actions not working as intended

I have a huge uncompressed tar file (1 tb) and I want to check it, therefore I am trying to extract it to see if everything goes well. Since it is going to take a long time, I'd like to have some info ...
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Why can't tar extract .zip files? [closed]

I tried a majority of the formats (gzip, etc.) to extract a zip file with tar, and when I became frustrated enough to Google for it, I found no way to extract a zip file with tar and only ...
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How do you view a sql.gz file as plain text SQL from the command line?

How do you view a sql.gz file as plain text SQL from the command line? I want to read the SQL statements stored in a .sql.gz file, from the command line on the server. I've tried tar -xzvf, but get ...
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How do I use gunzip and tar to extract my tar.gz file to the specific directory I want?

When I run gunzip -dc /path_to_tar.gz_file/zip1.tar.gz | tar xf - in the directory where the tar.gz file is located, it extracts just fine. How do I tell it to place the contents from the tar.gz file ...
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Encrypting and compressing

Is there a better way to compress and then encrypt files other than tar followed by openssl or gpg?
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debootstrap terminates partway through with “stdin: not in compressed format”

I'm on an Arch GNU/Linux system, fully up-to-date (both official repositories and from the AUR). I'm attempting to install a copy of Debian Wheezy so that I can chroot into it and work with the ...
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Create a tar archive of the current directory without preceding period

When I do the following: tar czvf ../myarchive.tar.gz ./ I get a single (annoying) root folder in my tar archive: How do I remove this awful period when creating the archive?
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How can i view the contents of a tar.gz file (filenames + filesize)

I cannot use tar -tz as the solaris version I'm using does not accept the -z option. I tried something like gunzip file.tar.gz | tar -tv but that only gives: tar: /dev/rmt/0: No such file or ...
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tar: /dev/st0: Cannot write: Input/output error

When we attempt to use tar to write data to an LTO-5 tape, we get the following error. The device starts to write, and then fails. See the tar command and output, followed by the dmesg output. I ...
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How to extract a single file from tbz

I have the following archived directory: itunes20140618.tbz I want to extract single file from it called: itunes20140618/video How would I do this? So far, I am doing $ bzip2 -d ...
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Does tar create new inodes to be archived?

When tar is asked to archive a directory, does it create a new inode for each file system object? If yes, how does it query and save the meta-data? Won't the format of storing this inode metadata vary ...
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Compose and pipe a gzipped tar archive in one go

I'm trying to come up with an effective way to create a gzipped archive of various system partitions on Android, piping everything out to stdout so as to be able to encrypt it as it comes across via ...
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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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How store in a variable a file list that includes the backslash when needed?

Main question: I am writing a script to perform a backup. I make a list of files in the following way: LISTOFFILES=$(find ~ \( -name '*.[pP][dD][fF]' -o -name '*.[oO][dD][tT]' \)) The variable ...
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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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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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Bash script for automatic tar backup of chosen files and directories

Within a given directory in linux environment, I need to pick all files modified after a certain date (let's say 7 days) as well as all directories (only in root directory, hence non recursively) ...
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Store restored files and directories in a separate directory

I have backup files in the form backup-date.tar and these files will be in a directory called backup. I am performing a restore by using tar -xvf backup-date.tar but the restored file is placed in the ...
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Preventing tar from using too much CPU and disk (old laptop crashes if 100%)

I want to backup 1 terabyte of data to an external disk. I am using this command: tar cf /media/MYDISK/backup.tar mydata PROBLEM: My poor laptop freezes and crashes whenever I use 100% CPU or 100% ...
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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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Corrupt files after extracting with Cygwin's GNU tar

I have a bunch of tarball backups which I just restored onto my new Windows 8.1 + Cygwin system using GNU tar: zsh$ for file in **/*.tgz; do tar xvzf $file; done To my surprise a lot of these ...
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Archive (Compress) giant folder in Linux using command line without termination

Well, I'm just trying to compress a whole directory (infact giant!) under Linux using a terminal. The entire folder size is about 7 GB. I've used below command to create the archive. tar -zcvf ...
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How do you extract a single folder from a large tar.gz archive?

I am using this command on a 5GB archive tar -zxvf archive.tar.gz /folder/in/archive is this the correct way to do this? It seems to be taking forever with no command line output...
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Why am I getting an error: “Failed to open '/dev/st0'” when extracting an archive with bsdtar?

I installed bsdtar from source (from the libarchive website) because I could not find an rpm nor a package in yum. I'm able to see bsdtar's help message. For example: $ bsdtar --help First option ...
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TAR not excluding directories with date pattern

I've written this small script: #!/bin/bash TODAY=`date --rfc-3339=date` CHECKDATE=`date --date "2 days ago" --rfc-3339=date` FILENAME=$TODAY-package.tar tar cvf $FILENAME --no-recursion ...
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Why does this shell script fail in bash, but the commands work in SSH?

I'll first admit to being quite the noob in Linux/SSH/etc. What I'm trying to write is a shell script that will back up a website and all the MySQL DBs that support it. I found examples all over the ...
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untar specific directory

tar tvf filename.tar gives me: -rwxrwxrwx 0/0 544795 2010-03-15 12:49 35 WOO WORDPRESS THEMES/bloggingstream.zip -rwxrwxrwx 0/0 1659095 2010-03-15 12:51 35 WOO WORDPRESS ...
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remove files after insertion into tarball

I want to limit the number of files that get put into a tar ball and erease them after they've been inserted into the tarball and being indipendent from the current directory. I've tried this: tar -C ...
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Extract specific folder from a tar.gz

I know this question was previously asked on this site before like here 1 and here 2 but no success for me. I want to extract the Measures folder from my S012011_csv.tar.gz zipped file. If I do tar ...
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restore from tar file

I took a backup using: cd /usr/CCS tar cvfz /usr/LARGE/BKUP/hms.tar.gz * Now I would like to restore HMS and overwrite at /usr/CCS/HMS. HMS is one of the subfolders under /usr/CCS Can I get some ...
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tar: /dev/nst0: Cannot write: Input/output error when taking backup

When I try to take backup of data more than 1MB in a tape (LTO3) using tar command it showing me the following error. xyz@localhost# tar -cvf /dev/nst0 file1.tar file1.tar tar: /dev/nst0: Cannot ...
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Is it possible to generate a separate file list when creating a tarball?

When using tar for backups I'd like to create a separate list of the files that is included in the archive for storing alongside the backup tarball. I also want to be able to store the error messages ...
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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 delete progress question

I was trying to use tar command , --delete option and met some problems. There are two things I don't understand: when using --verbose option with combination of --delete option, nothing shows as ...
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TAR Backup to Remote Server [duplicate]

I'm wanting to do an incremental backup from my Linux computer to server. I've made the ssh link and I can at least get RSYNC to load the files incrementally, which I plan to do daily using ...
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How can I determine if running tar will cause disk to fill up

If I run tar -cvf on a directory of size 937MB to create an easily downloadable copy of a deeply nested folder structure, do I risk filling the disk given the following df -h output: /dev/xvda1 ...
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tar specific files based on a pattern

I got a lot of files with the following format: 2014_04_01_11.txt 2014_04_01_12.txt 2014_04_01_13.txt 2013_03_25_12.txt 2013_04_29_15.txt I would like to tar all theses files into an archive 20?? _ ...
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`tar` with `find` with removing original file extension

I want to create tb2 files from bunch of text files like this. tar cfj $(basename ./2014_04_09.txt .txt).tb2 $(basename ./2014_04_09.txt) With this command I can create a archive file 2014_04_09.tb2 ...
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My ISO Downloaded as Tar.Gz?

I was downloading a Linux-based operating system but instead of ISO, it came as tar.gz (OEM.tar.gz, I think but maybe not). How do I burn this OS to a flash drive?
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Symlinks and permissions in backup archives

I installed linux on another computer and I want to move my /home directory to that computer. I want to backup that directory with any file permission, symlinks etc. how should I do it? Are there any ...
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How can I speed up operations on sparse files with tar, gzip, rsync?

I have a sparse file. (du -h reports 3G and du -h --apparent-size reports 100G.) So far, so good. Now, when I want to compress the file using tar or send it over the network using rsync, it will ...
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OpenMeetings latest release not unzipping

I am trying to install OpenMeetings for centos 6.5 32 bit but everytime I try to untar or unzip the latest binary release I get the following error: tar -xzvf apache-openmeetings-3.0.0.tar.gz gzip: ...
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Is it possible to have total no. of blocks taken by same files be different on two PCs? [closed]

I used ls -l mysoftware/ on two different machines, each running ubuntu 12.04. But the 'total' returned by this command is different on the two machines. On one machine it is printing 6, and on ...
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TAR: better to skip directory or use split

I've got a file.tar.gz that I create and backup to Amazon S3. It's gotten bigger than Amazon's limits and thus has not been backing up. This is my current command: tar -cpzf file.tar.gz directory/ ...
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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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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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Tar compress folder without specifying the filename

Is it possible to use tar to compress a folder without giving the filename of the archive to store in? Normally you use: tar -zcvf prog-1-jan-2005.tar.gz /home/jerry/prog I want to do something ...
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Is it possible to get file list, byte range from the head of a tar+bzip2 file?

Essentially, I'm hoping someone with an advanced knowledge of tar/bz2 can answer whether this is possible. The situation is that we have a periodic 24GB feed of data from a vendor, as a .tbz file. ...
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Install tar.bz2 archive?

I cannot seem to find out how to install a tar.bz2 file. I've Googled it and I've came across two commands, these did not work. I've changed my directory to my downloads folder cd ~downloads after ...
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How do I reassemble randomly named tar file fragments?

I have a client whose sites were migrated to a new server back in 2012, and I am trying to piece together the old archive to retrieve one of the sites that was not moved. I found a set of files in a ...