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 THEMES/groovyblog.zip
    -rwxrwxrwx 0/0          835642 2010-03-15 12:51 35 WOO WORDPRESS THEMES/myweblog.zip

Now if I try to extract only one specified file from .tar archive, like so:

    tar x "WOO WORDPRESS THEMES/bloggingstream.zip" -f filename.tar

I get the following error:

tar: WOO WORDPRESS THEMES/bloggingstream.zip: Not found in archive
tar: Exiting with failure status due to previous errors

How is that possible, when that path exists?

  • It should work. Make sure that there aren't unprintable characters or unbreakable spaces or something, and that you're looking at the same archive both times. If you're sure, give us a link to the archive. Commented May 10, 2014 at 16:52
  • You mean in the content of .tar file itself or in file name of .tar file? How can I check that?
    – branquito
    Commented May 10, 2014 at 17:07
  • @branquito he means in the name of the zip in the tarball.
    – strugee
    Commented May 11, 2014 at 2:35

1 Answer 1


The 35 is part of the filename, so you should try:

tar x "35 WOO WORDPRESS THEMES/bloggingstream.zip" -f filename.tar

In case of "special character" problems, it is often better to try and extract everything from a .tar file (unless space constraints prohibit that) and delete files and/or directories that are not needed.


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