Is it possible to use the find command so that it searches the files within a tar.gz archive also using wildcards?


find archive.tar.gz --name *foo*

How about just:

$ tar tf archive.tar.gz | grep foo
  • doesnt that just list all the files? – clamp Mar 12 '12 at 13:06
  • @clamp Yes, if you want to do something to each file, simply pipe that output to another command. – user13742 Mar 12 '12 at 13:07
  • thanks! sorry but im a newbie in unix. i tried: tar tf graphics.tar.gz | find . --name *space* but it says unkown predicate --name – clamp Mar 12 '12 at 13:17
  • @clamp find arguments only take one dash, but because it's a list of files on stdin, you want to use grep instead, like hesse's example code. Try tar tf graphics.tar.gz | grep 'space' – Kevin Mar 12 '12 at 13:24
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    grep *foo* isn't a valid regular expression. greg doesn't understand globs, it understands regular expressions. Try grep foo instead. – Alexios Mar 12 '12 at 14:19

Mount the archive as a directory. You can do it with the AVFS filesystem, which allows you to access any archive as a directory whose name has a trailing #.

cd ~/.avfs$PWD
find archive.tar.gz\# -name '*foo*'
  • not work for gzip – van abel Oct 24 '18 at 10:19
  • @vanabel A gzip file doesn't contain other files. It's just one file, compressed. So there's no “inside” to search in. – Gilles Oct 24 '18 at 18:10

I think it works with no pipe and grep.

like this: tar tvf archive.tar.gz "foo"

as this way, globs will also work.

tar tvf archive.tar.gz "*.foo"

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