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I want to find and tar/archive all my scripts ending .sh so I wrote something like that:

touch ~/archive.tar; find ~ -type f -name '*.sh' -exec rvf ~/archive.tar {} \; 

The problem is that after I make an archive called archive.tar the archive won't unpack the files into current directory but to directories where it was archived from. For example, there can be archived script called ~/Desktop/wtf/delete.sh but it will be extracted into folder wtf not into current directory where I currently am. So how do I edit my find script to have all scripts in this format ./filename.sh?

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    Use cd; find . rather than find ~. Then the paths in the tarball will be ./path/to/script.sh rather than /home/username/path/to/script.sh. You can also use the -C option for tar to specify the base path to extract tarballs into. – DopeGhoti May 17 '16 at 19:01
  • @DopeGhoti But if you cd somewhere there can be another direcory and also he probably does not know where all his .sh scripts are located. – pnom May 17 '16 at 19:09
  • In the OP, he's explicitly finding from the home directory. cd with no parameters goes to that location. – DopeGhoti May 17 '16 at 19:24
  • with GNU find, you can use -execdir instead of -exec, and find will cd to each matching file's directory before running the command. See man tar and search for -execdir for details. BTW, use + to terminate the -exec or execdir rather than \;...that will run tar with as many filenames as possible, rather than running tar once for each filename. – cas May 18 '16 at 3:17
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Assuming you are using GNU tar, you can say:

tar --transform 's/.*\///' -xzf archive.tgz

This will strip everything up to the last slash from the file names.

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