I have a tar file that I have recreated from two files - xaa, xab (the results of using the split command). The tar file is the size I expect it to be but when I extract it the folder I get is a fraction of the size of the tar file. See the terminal output below for the sequence of my commands. Unfortunately I don't have the orignal tar file or folder - so this is my only chance to recover this data. When I open the archive in the 'File Roller' I see the same folders as I do on the command line after extraction and these are only a subset of the files I'd expect to see. Can anyone suggest why this might be?
~> cat xa* > archive ~> file archive archive: POSIX tar archive (GNU) ~> ls -la archive -rw-r--r-- 1 hugo users 24471439360 Jun 1 18:50 archive ~> tar xf archive ~> cd repos ~/repos> du --max-depth 0 -h 83M . ~/repos> cd ../ ~> tar cf newarchive repos ~> ls -la newarchive -rw-r--r-- 1 hugo users 53288960 Jun 1 19:57 newarchive