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

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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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.
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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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Unzipping a TAR file, causing an error

I am trying to unzip a .tar.gz file using tar xvzf, as hhaamu said in his answer to my other question about Installing GCC on SCO. When I type: bash-3.1$ tar xzf gcc-2.95.2pl1-dist.tar.gz tar: z: ...
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How to compare two tar archives (including file content, new/removed files, symlinks)?

I have two tar archives (compressed or not compressed), and I want to find all differences in the two archives. Both archives contain a complete file system (i.e. when unpacked, would generate ...
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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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how to include or add /dev with tar --one-file-system

I'm running tar on a complete remote filesystem using ssh -n <hostname> 'sudo tar -cpvzf - --one-file-system /' | cat > Bak.tar.gz This gave me a tarball. I tried importing this tarball ...
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Extract single file from tar to other folder

I've searched for multiple forums for this questions and have seen different answers but so far, nothing have worked yet even from the ones I've seen here. I want to extract a single file from a tar ...
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tar and if-statement

I have a script that check if a file exist inside a tar file but something's wrong because it always go to the else part of the script. I am pretty sure that it shouldn't be that way. The date is in ...
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How to uninstall applications that were installed using tar command

Can anyone explain me how to uninstall the applications that are installed by extracting using tar command (tar files) . I am really struggling to find an uninstall file . Surprisingly, I dont't find ...
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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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Extract a single file from a tar file and put it to another directory [duplicate]

I need to extract a single file from a tar file to another directory. So far I have this: This one extracts a single file to same directory: tar -xvf filename.tar ./file.txt I tried this but it's ...
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What is the difference between a tar of a complete filesystem and an image?

I can create an image of a filesystem, or I can create a tar-file containing all of it. Is an image therefore something like a tar-archive? Or do these two types differ in more ways?
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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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Tar ignore or fix checksum

I have a archive backup.tar that was created with a nonstandard program a long time ago. I no longer have access to the original program. The archive is Not compressed (gzip). When trying to extract ...
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Different count for compressed file listing vs directory listing

I was taking a backup of a folder, where I used the following command : sudo tar -zcvf www.tar.gz /var/www/ It successfully compressed, just for verifying the number of files in the compressed ...
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How to make tar save the archive on a remote machine using sftp or ftp?

I would like to backup some of my very important data on a remote machine. Currently I'm just saving it to my local machine by using this command: tar -cvjf ~/backups/Backup.tar.bz2 ~/importantfiles/* ...
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Extract TAR to SD-Card and verify contents afterwards

We currently extract a TAR archive to a SD-Card like this tar xf ${ROOT}/rootfs.tar -C /cynox/${DRIVE}/${TARGET} As a side note: The rootfs.tar contains files for an embedded Linux system. Some of ...
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recover partially overwritten tape from tar -c

I have a situation. I was supposed to run tar -x to recover a tar file from a tape but I pressed "c" and forgot to put the tape on readonly. The file was on fsf position 23, but the tape had 27 files. ...
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tar '-u' operation

When adding an updated version of a file to a tar file using '-u', and looking at the tar file with '-t', I notice that a newer version gets added to the end (the tar file also increases in size); ...
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What characters TAR doesn't like?

I keep a list of photos burned to dvds for incremental backups but I got into a strange situation where a file was already burned into a dvd but tar keeps saying it's not. Here the steps to reproduce: ...
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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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Installer packages: .bin, -rpm.bin, tar, tar.z

Is it correct that most of Unix&Linux software supports x-copy deployment? If I download the installation package and uncompress the files into a particular directory - would that be enough to ...
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tar: short read

I get an error when I uncompress my tar. I do this: tar xvf VM_DECOMPTES.tar and after some time I get the following error: tar: short read What is going wrong here? tar: unrecognized ...
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Is it safe to assume the tar.gz file is healthy?

I have a rather large tar.gz file (17GB) which is a tar.gz version of a directory. The problem here is I got the following message after the tar operation. tar: Error exit delayed from previous ...
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Where can I find updated TAR.rpm for Oracle VM Server?

I'm using tar for my incremental backup script on Oracle VM Server 3.2.2 and it comes with tar 1.15.1 I need this command: tar -cf drive-C.full.tar --no-check-device \ ...
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How to do incremental backup of .img files containing windows partition?

On an OVS I have a few windows machines. I want to create a full backup their .img disk files, thats done, .img.gz. Than I want to incrementally backup their C:/ partition, but thats not working. ...
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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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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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Is there a way to tar multiple files in a directory (Linux/Unix)?

Is there a fairly simple way to tar several (specific) files in a directory? For example let's say the following is a directory: -rw-r--r-- 1 allend bin 98 Jul 20 15:50 scriptlog.log -rw-r--r-- 1 ...