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

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How can I best copy large numbers of small files over scp?

I have a directory that's got several gigabytes and several thousand small files. I want to copy it over the network with scp more than once. CPU time on the source and destination machines is cheap, ...
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What does “-” mean as an argument to a command?

I found this link on how to open tgz in one step. gzip -dc target.tar.gz | tar xf - What does the '-' mean?
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Copy a directory to external HDD

I'm trying to copy a directory to external HDD- i mounted the device and then typed : cd root tar -cf - * | (cd /mnt ; tar -xpf -) I got this error message: "cowardly refusing to create an empty ...
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untar a directory of *.tgz files using a wildcard

I've got a directory that looks like $ ls Broad_hapmap3_r2_Affy6_cels_excluded.tgz DINGO.tgz GIGAS.tgz index.html IONIC.tgz passing_cels_sample_map.txt ...
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Locate a directory within an archive

I have .tgz archive i'm trying to locate a directory within it to extra how do i search within a .tgz i tried the following below but no luck. tar -tzf archive-9.tgz | grep '161519' | xargs tar -Oxzf ...
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How to de-unzip, de-tar -xvf — de-unarchive in a messy folder?

Usually, I unarchive things by $ mkdir newFolder; $ mv *.zip newFolder; $ cd newFolder; $unzip *.zip but sometimes I get lazy and just do in an arbitrary folder $ unzip *.zip so time-to-time messing ...
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How do I extract a specific directory from a tarball? and strip a leading directory?

I want to extract a specific directory from the wordpress tarball. specifically wp-includes to .. It appears that the directory structure inside the tarball is wordpress/wp-includes but I just ...