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

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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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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 --after-...
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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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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 cron.daily,...
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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 ...
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How can I flatten nested .tar.gz files?

I've got a bunch of .tar.gz files in different paths. I'd like to create a new .tar.gz file at some common ancestor of them and I don't want it to be composed of nested .tar.gz files. How can I easily ...
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Extract given tarball and retar it exactly

My versioned project uses the contents of an upstream tarball. I would like to extract the contents in such a way as to be able to recreate the original tarball exactly. The reason is that I don't ...
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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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tar + how to extract from /var/tmp in order to place the directories under /

I work with solaris 9 machine In order to extract the list.tar file I need to change directory to / And from there I do: tar -xvf list.tar Example Cd / tar -xvf list.tar x usr/local/cds/api/...
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portable command to unzip and untar on non GNU and old unix

On AIX 6.1 without GNU Tool installed I have a .tar.gz file. On Ubuntu I would use the very useful command : tar xzf myfile.tar.gz but in this case the z switch is not possible. I do remeber a ...
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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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Download the file from either of two machines using SCP?

I have a below bash shell script which I am running from machineA and that shell script will try to download a tar file from either of these two machines machineB and machineC and put it in /testing/...
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How to create a gnu tarball that can be extracted by solaris tar

I am maintaining a legacy cygwin (with GNU tar v1.21) system and a legacy Solaris 9 system. The configuration of the Solaris 9 system is fixed and cannot be upgraded (i.e. I can't install gnu tar for ...
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Output file from Archive

Given that I have this archive my_archive.tar.gz which has this file in it: README. How can I output the content of README without having to extract the archive? OS: Debian 7
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Does * match hidden files in tar even with dotglob unset?

I was under the impression that the * glob does not match dot-prefixed files unless you manually enable such functionality (through dotglob, or your shell's equivalent). Yet if I have a directory a ...
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Transform a tar archive's paths without extracting it

GNU tar(1) has a neat option called --transform. From the man page: --transform, --xform EXPRESSION use sed replace EXPRESSION to transform file names This allows transformation of path ...
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How to check whether my cron job for backup using tar was succesfull [closed]

I have a cron job to tar backup websites and databases and upload the backup to a NAS. Instead of checking the tar files on the NAS. Is there any way to check if the tar backup process completed ...
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Midnight Commander, using date in User menu

I would like to use MC (midnight commander) to compress the selected dir with date in its name, e.g: dirname_20131231.tar.gz The command in the User menu is : tar -czf dirname_`date '+%Y%m%d'`.tar....
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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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tar.bz2 7zip selective extract prformance

We use tar.bz2 as our archive of server logs. We also write tools that selectively parse these archived logs. Many times I must regex-search one file’s lines in the archive to determine if other ...
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Packaging with tar

I am trying to package the files: file1 folder2/hello folder2/world file3 into a tar file so they are encapsulated in a custom defined folder, so the tar -tvf archive.tar appears as: ...
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how to install yoono-desktop-1.8.43.tar.bz2 in linux

I recently yoono-desktop from http://www.yoono.com/desktop_features.html .How to install this file.