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

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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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Backing up to DVD [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Splitting large directory tree into specified-size chunks? I have a partition that is about 14G and I need to back it up to DVD in such a way that I can use each disc to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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force copying a corrupted home directory

I have a home directory in a disk that has a lot of corrupted files. I am trying to save most files as possible. I am trying to create a backup of my home directory on an external drive using tar ...
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How to XZ a directory with TAR using maximum compression?

So I need to compress a directory with max compression. How can I do it with xz? I mean I will need tar too because I can't compress a directory with only xz. Is there a oneliner to produce e.g. ...
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tar cvf or tar -cvf ?

I have learned to use tar without '-' for options, like tar cvfz dir.tar.gz Directory/ but I recently came accross the slightly different tar -czvf syntax (I think the 'f' must be the last option in ...
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How to create a tar.gz file from a folder excluding a folder

How do I exclude a file or folder while creating a tar.gz file with tar command?
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Wait for process to finish before going to the next line in shell script

I have a script I made to create a backup. I need to make sure the backup is ready before it runs the /home/ftp.sh command. How can I do so? I use CentOS 5.6 #!/bin/bash tar -Pcf ...
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Rename directory inside of a tar archive

Is it possible to rename a directory inside of a tar archive? My use case is that I have an externally provided RPM spec file that assumes a tarball with a certain directory structure, and I have an ...
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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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Create target directory when extracting tarball

Is it possible to create a target directory, similar in nature to the mkdir -p switch, where I can define a non-existent target directory within my tar command, and tar will create the directory for ...
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Use find and tar together

I have a directory with many log files, with filenames like acct.20111001 up to acct.20111030. I want to zip them by running: tar -cvjf acct.20111001.bz2 acct.20111001 How can I use find to ...
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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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I need to transfer a very large folder over FTP, without creating a file first

I am running an Amazon EC2 instance that is limited in disk space. I have a very large folder that I need to FTP to my local machine, preferably without creating an intermediate tar file, since there ...
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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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Updating tar.gz daily only with changed files [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Add/update a file to an existing tar.gz archive? I have some game files I wish to update daily and they create a tar.gz of the folder, but instead of making a full ...
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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 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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tar with relative paths

I try to create an archive with tar using relative paths. I use the following command: tar czf ~/files/wp/my-page-order.tar.gz -C ~/webapps/zers/wp-content/plugins/ ...
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“tar: unrecognized option --warning” during 'apt-get install'

I just ran apt-get upgrade on my debian 5 vps and I got this error: tar: unrecognized option `--warning=no-timestamp' Now when I try to install other packages e.g: imagemagick I get the same ...
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Proper way to join multi-volume tarballs?

So how should this be done? I have learned that using cat is the preferred way when using split to create multi-volume files, but what about when using tar's own native multi-volume function? Thanks
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Can I automate tar's multi-volume-feature?

Ok, so I've just had a read through this page after a way to improve my current backup solution on my Debian server. Tar seems to be offering a quite nice multi-volume feature, although when I try it ...
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Extract multiple .tar.gz files with a single tar call

I was wondering whether (and, of course, how) it’s possible to tell tar to extract multiple files in a single run. I’m an experienced Unix user for several years and of course I know that you can use ...
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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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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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Fastest way combine many files into one (tar czf is too slow)

Currently I'm running tar czf to combine backup files. The files are in a specific directory. But the number of files is growing. Using tzr czf takes too much time (more than 20 minutes and ...
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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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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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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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How to recover a corrupted “tar.gz” file

I suddenly needed to recover an old tar.gz file, but as soon as I execute so: tar -zxvf filename.tar.gz I get this: gzip: stdin: invalid compressed data--format violated tar: Child returned ...
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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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fastest way of doing a tar.gz from a tree of directories?

I've got a tree of directories with files like this: . |-- 00 | |-- 00 | | |-- 00 | | |-- 01 | | |-- 02 | | |-- 03 | | |-- 04 | | |-- 05 [..] | | |-- 97 | | |-- 98 ...
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How do you verify a tar archive that is already written?

I know that you can do -W when creating an archive, but how do you verify and already-created archive? tvWf says it's not a valid tar archive? $ mkdir tmp $ echo asdkfjh > tmp/a $ echo qweroiu ...
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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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howto inflate AND extract a .tar.bz2 using the 7-zip command line tool

I have a .tar.bz2 file that I want to be decompressed and extracted via the 7-zip commandline tool. So basically I'm looking for the equivalent of tar -xjf foo.tar.bz2 with 7-zip there is only the ...
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Why use superflous dash (-) to pass option flags to tar?

To create a tar file for a directory, the tar command with compress, verbose and file options can be typed thus: $ tar -cvf my.tar my_directory/ But it also works to do it this way: $ tar cvf ...
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Find files with same name but different extensions, send to tgz

I have a large archive of edited images from my camera, each image is actually a pair of files - *.nef & *.xmp. I would like to go through all the folders and then zip these pairs into single tgz ...
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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 ...
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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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How to choose directory name during untarring

Say I have file named ugly_name.tar, which when extracted, becomes ugly_name directory. What command can I use such that the resulting directory name is pretty_name instead?
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Compare the contents of dynamically generated archives

Short question: I have two dynamically generated tar archives (so they have different timestamps), how can I compare them, ignoring any different in time? Backgrounds... I am doing some backup, in ...
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tar through ssh session [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What does “-” mean as an argument to a command? When I use this command: tar cf - /tmp | ssh test.com tar xf - What does the '-' mean? And is this the ...
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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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Create tar archive of a directory, except for hidden files?

Here's a newb question. I'm wanting to create a tar archive of a specific directory (with its subdirectories of course). But when I do it, using the tar command, I get a list of files that were ...
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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?