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

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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?
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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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Tar up all PDFs in a directory, retaining directory structure

I'm trying to create a compressed tarball that contains all PDF files that exist in one of my directories. The directory structure needs to be retained. Empty directories are not needed, but I really ...
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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 ...
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Is there a parallel file archiver (like tar)?

Is there something out there for parallel archiving of files? Tar is great, but I don't use tape archives, and it's more important to me that the archiving happens quickly (with compression like ...
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What does the -f parameter do in the tar command

When using tar I always include -f in the parameters but I have no idea why. I looked up the man and it said; -f, --file [HOSTNAME:]F use archive file or device F (default "-", meaning ...
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What to use to backup files, preserving ACLs?

When using the tar utility to store files in backups one loses the extended ACLs. Is there some commonly used and not hackish solution (like: create a script that will recrate the ACLs from scratch) ...
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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 ...