I have thousands of Debian packages and I need to move all the executable files within those packages to one single directory. For a single package, I could use the
ar command to extract package and then typical Debian package has a "data.tar.xz" file which actually contains the possible executables. I could then extract "data.tar.xz" using
tar command and manually move the executables to new directory. It is a pain to do this for each package as there are thousands of packages and I was thinking to use a bash script to get the job done. My current directory structure looks like follows(only showed 3 packages here, all_executables is the directory to copy all the executables)
./git_2.28.0-1_armhf.deb ./libssm1-dbg_1.3-2.1_armhf.deb ./mariadb-client-core-10.0_10.0.28-2+b1_armhf.deb (the list goes on) ./all_executables
Once I extract a Debian package, every package usually have the same structure as follows-:
./control.tar.xz ./data.tar.xz ./debian-binary
Upon extracting data.tar.xz file there is few directories and these directories typically contains the executables. I need to copy these executables to one folder (all_executables). Could somebody help me to do this task. I am a beginner to bash and find being lost to get even started. Thank you for your time.