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

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Compressing multiple files in different folders without folder structure

Currently I create a copy of my log files like this: # tar -cvzf /var/www/vhosts/example.com/httpdocs/myfiles.tar.gz /var/www/vhosts/example.com/logs/access_log ...
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Adding files to .tar from directory

Is there a way to add files to .tar file in one directory from an another directory? And at the same time list the content of the tar to see if its added. I only found ways to add files if its in the ...
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How to tar only files in a multiple of directories but not directory?

I have three folders under the Test folder. Test ----> dir1, dir2, dir3 Under dir1,dir2 and dir3, I have lot of files. I want to tar only the files not the dir1, dir2 and dir3.
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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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touch and tar from a text file

Am trying to zip a certain number of files and am stuck at below point, ls -lrt /lag/cnn/*/*/*/adb.tar.gz | grep -nri ABC >> sample.txt In sample.txt i got filesNames on which i have to do ...
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How to see tar content including uid and gid?

I have a tar archive and want to see the content with the group-ids and user-ids. When using tar --list -v --file file.tar I see the user and group names, but I want to see the user-ids and ...
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Error handling with tar and keep-old-files option

I am unpacking tar files with the option --keep-old-files so that I don't clobber files that are already there. The annoying thing is that this causes tar to produce an error code #2 (fatal error) ...
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Taking Backup of files of particular limit in unix

Here is the scenario, I have 1000 files in a folder each ~3 MB. I want to zip all files into 50MB each zip and remove the original files. NOTE: 50MB may contain 20 files or 10 files but that zip ...
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Is it necessary to transfer `tar` files through `rsync` in archive mode?

I have a bunch of tar files in my machine which I want to transfer to an external hard drive (EHD); they where created preserving permissions (using the -p flag). I plan to use rsync to copy them to ...
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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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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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Performance of `tar -xf` (block size related)

I'm recently working on optimizing the performance of tar -xf, i.e. untar a file. I notice that under default settings, tar -xf calls writes to write 10 KiB output at a time in chunks. However, this ...
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Pack installed system in tar.gz file

I have arch linux installed, with partition scheme like this: /dev/mapper/lvm-root -> / /dev/mapper/lvm-home -> /home /dev/mapper/lvm-opt -> /opt /dev/mapper/lvm-pkg -> ...
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How to tar, split, pipe, untar over ssh

I'm copying large files over LAN, and I've noticed that with doing one ssh pipe, I can get around 10MB/s transfer speed. However, if I shoot off four of those at the same time, I get around 40MB/s ...
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Should I put old projects in tarballs

I never really used tarballs/archived much, except for uploads (with compression). Now I've accumulated a huge list of software projects coding experiments -- basically directories with lots and lots ...
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How to pipe scp/ssh file transfer(pull) through tar (remote->local transfer initiated from local machine)

I would like to pipe an scp pull operation(sample without tar below) through tar, so that only one tar file is written for about 10 directories: user@localhost:/home/user> scp -r ...
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TAR Files: Move Files From Subdirectories to Main Directory

I've been trying to use this code: find documents -maxdepth 1 -type f -print0 | xargs -0 tar cvf documents.tar.gz to create a backup of the directory documents. The directory has the structure: ...
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Why can't the tape device such as '/dev/st0' use commands like 'cp' to copy contents to it?

I got this point from a book,it says Because the tape device is a disposable I/O device,so we can't use commands like 'cp' to copy. And the author recommended to use 'tar': tar -cvf /dev/st0 ...
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Un-archiving single file hanging

I am trying to unarchive a very large directory. Here is what works to untar the entire thing: $ sudo tar -xjf itunes20140618.tbz --verbose x itunes20140618/ x itunes20140618/genre_artist x ...
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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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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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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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How to install adobe flash tar?

I have a problem getting Flash working in Mint13 XFCE. Now I have downloaded the tar file, but I don't understand what I have to do to get this installed. I have this file: ...
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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 ...
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Getting “Bad file descriptor” error during tar

I'm trying to tar a dir with this command "tar -cpSWf myfile.tar workdir; gzip myfile.tar", but I get this error for some of the files in workdir dir. tar: my/sub/dir/file1.oa: Cannot seek to 1536: ...
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Portable software for the Posix world

Is there any "portable" software for Linux (i.e., Ones that can just be un-tar'd and used, instead of in rpm, or similar format. to be used in conjunction with a package manager)? Also, are there any ...
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tar a specific number of files listed in a text file

I have a text file which contains a list of files. I use. tar --null --no-recursion -uf abc.tar --directory= /tmp/temp --files-from abc.txt This command simply creates a tar with all the files ...
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Create .tar.gz from a directory omitting some subdirectories and add only new or changed files

I need to create a script, maybe bash, maybe just a .sh that checks for files changes on a root directory and sub-directories of the root, and adds to a new file. The tar.gz file name should have the ...
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Why is my tar file bigger than its contents?

I have a tar file that I have recreated from two files - xaa, xab (the results of using the split command). The tar file is the size I expect it to be but when I extract it the folder I get is a ...
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What are the relative merits of the various standard Unix archival utilities? [closed]

There are many archival tools for Unix, with varying degrees of availability. To make matters more confusing, many of them can write each other's formats. I am seeking more information on their ...
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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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Recover corrupted .tar salvaged from Android

I had an android phone that developed a fault in which it only persistently showed the boot logo. I sent it for Samsung for repair, who send it to a third-party company to be repaired. I was told that ...
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rpm and deb fileformat are blocked by my ISP. How to install software?

I have a very peculiar problem, Just be patient with what I am saying and then see what all suggestion you can give me. I have situation where my ISP has blocked .rpm and .deb files to be downloaded. ...
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Tar waiting a long time at end of block device

I had some trouble getting Linux installed to a particular netbook and had to restart it from scratch multiple times. Re-typing the same commands to set up networking and bootstrap the install was ...
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How to 'snapshot' a chroot?

I want to perform something similar to a 'clone' on vmware fusion/virtualbox/a VM manager. Host and chroot are both ubuntu. One complicating factor may be that this chroot may have one or more child ...
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Archive for root file system with quick random access

I need file archive format with the following features It is compressed (not plain tar or iso). It can backup (and restore) linux root file system keeping owners, symlinks, sparse files, devices, ...
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How to convert tar.bz2 to .bz2?

I have a file with compression tar.bz2 , I would like to convert it to .bz2 . Is there a command that does this in one shot? I tried the below but no joy ! tar -xvjf US.tar.bz2 US bzip2: ...
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Remove Specific File From Tar Archival Process After the Process Starts

When tar-ing up large directories (ie. a home folder for a backup/OS reinstall), it is often okay to exclude certain large files such as multi-GB videos. However, due to the all-encompassing nature of ...
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curl progress in dialog

how can i properly display the curl progress in the dialog window? curl http://mysite.corp/image/root_21.tar.bz2 | tar -C /mnt/dest/ -jxf - i tried this command but as you can see it does not ...
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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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Include subdirectory from excluded directory in a tar archive

I have the root folder USA and sub-folders California and Texas. Texas is an excluded sub-folder but it has a specific file in it that I'd like to include in the tar backup. Let's call this file ...
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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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Copy a rolling “last 2 months” of files

I have a friend who is a photographer and she has a lot of large files as a result. Our current solution is where some files are delivered to my house. I don't have the storage capability to store all ...
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tar --occurrence= option ignored?

Using GNU tar 1.26 on Linux, I'm looking for a way to stop processing after the N-th occurrence of a file in a .tar archive. This should work: tar --file=archive.tar --list --occurrence=1 filename ...
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Terminal freezes after using tar or gz

On Linux within bash the Pseudo Terminal window (terminator) as well as the Terminal itself "freezes" when trying to use autocomplete (TAB) as well as after getting an error message using gzip and ...
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Lynx is trying to unzip my downloads

I am having a problem with the Lynx text browser. When I try to download a some tar.gz files, Lynx is not downloading it. It is putting it in a tmp directory and then trying to unpack it with the ...
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linux tar listed-incremental untrustworthy

I'm looking for some way to troubleshoot incremental backups with tar on linux. I've got huge datasets (about 3TB) that need backing up to tape. For this I use the linux tar command and mt / mtx on ...
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Disk partition emptied during tar backup

This morning I was doing a routine backup of my development drive, one of 4 primary partitions on my hard-drive. The script I ran was: filename="/home/Backups/Devi_"`eval date +%Y%m%d`".tgz" touch ...