tar command

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Top Forums Shell Programming and Scripting tar command
# 1  
Old 09-25-2009
tar command

I have a file with a bunch of absolute path file names. Is there a way with the tar command to read in these files and tar them up?

(I found this list of files using the locate command and I redirected them to a file, and now I want to tar them up)

And if so, when I untar this file that the files will be untarred to say the /tmp/ directory.

I just don't want to untar this file and have the files get untarred to their absolute paths.

I havn't found a way with the tar command yet, but did find something using the find command, or I am just starting to look at the pax command.

Anyone have some hints on a way to do this?

# 2  
Old 09-26-2009
You do not state what operating system you are on, if you are on Solaris then the following will tar(1) up all the files listed in the include file:
tar cvf tarfile.tar -I include-file

The trick for enabling the untarring of the files to alternate location is to strip off the leading forward slash from each line of your include file and then create the tar file while located in the root directory.

GNU tar seems to strip off the leading forward slash (/) by default while creating the tar file as mentioned at:
Making backups with tar and seems to support the include file function that Solaris tar(1) does with the:
-T, --files-from F
    get names to extract or create from file F

# 3  
Old 09-26-2009
Personally I would use "cpio" to create the archive unless there was some burning reason to use "tar". The "cpio" program will take file lists from "find .".

Again, the O/S matters and whether you want to explode the archive on a different computer.
# 4  
Old 09-27-2009
If I was doing backups of a Solaris system and it was not using ZFS then I would use ufsdump.
# 5  
Old 09-27-2009
Ah.. The beauty of Unix type systems ... There are at least 3 ways to skin a cat Smilie
# 6  
Old 09-27-2009
Only 3 !?
# 7  
Old 09-30-2009
There are of course many more, starting with pax which can substitute parts of the path on the fly.
Login or Register to Ask a Question

Previous Thread | Next Thread

10 More Discussions You Might Find Interesting

1. UNIX for Dummies Questions & Answers

UNIX command to check if file name ends with .tar OR if the file is a tar file

Hello Team, Would you please help me with a UNIX command that would check if file is a tar file. if we dont have that , can you help me with UNIX command that would check if file ends with .tar Thanks in advance. (10 Replies)
Discussion started by: sanjaydubey2006
10 Replies

2. UNIX for Dummies Questions & Answers

Tar Command Help

Is it possible to untar a file so it's size reduces while it uncompresses its contents. I have limited space on my mount point and was wondering if we can untar as a stream in other words the size of tarball reduces as it uncompresses the contents. Thanks (5 Replies)
Discussion started by: sumang24
5 Replies

3. Shell Programming and Scripting

Single command - unzip files from a tar command

I have a tar file that contains multiple .Z files. Hence I need to issue a tar command followed by a gzip command to fully extract the files. How do I do it in a single command? What I'm doing now is tar xvf a.tar (this will output 1.Z and 2.Z) gzip -d *.Z (to extract 1.Z and 2.Z) (9 Replies)
Discussion started by: ericlim
9 Replies

4. Shell Programming and Scripting

tar command to explore multiple layers of tar and tar.gz files

Hi all, I have a tar file and inside that tar file is a folder with additional tar.gz files. What I want to do is look inside the first tar file and then find the second tar file I'm looking for, look inside that tar.gz file to find a certain directory. I'm encountering issues by trying to... (1 Reply)
Discussion started by: bashnewbee
1 Replies

5. Shell Programming and Scripting

tar command dont tar to original directory

HI, if I have a tarfile called pmapdata.tar that contains tar -tvf pmapdata.tar -rw-r--r-- 0/0 21 Oct 15 11:00 2009 /var/tmp/pmapdata/pmap4628.txt -rw-r--r-- 0/0 21 Oct 14 20:00 2009 /var/tmp/pmapdata/pmap23752.txt -rw-r--r-- 0/0 1625 Oct 13 20:00 2009... (1 Reply)
Discussion started by: borderblaster
1 Replies

6. UNIX for Advanced & Expert Users

help on tar command

Hi, I am using the following DOS command to tar my .gz file from the command prompt C:\tar\bin>tar -cf test.tar D:\Coim\*.gz but this creates a tar file under the path C:\tar\bin\test.tar but i want the tar file to be created under D:\Coim\test.tar Is there any option in tar command... (4 Replies)
Discussion started by: Codesearcher
4 Replies

7. UNIX for Dummies Questions & Answers

tar -cvf test.tar `find . -mtime -1 -type f` only tar 1 file

Hi all, 4 files are returned when i issue 'find . -mtime -1 -type f -ls'. ./ora_475244.aud ./ora_671958.aud ./ora_934052.aud ./ora_934050.aud However, when I issued the below command: tar -cvf test.tar `find . -mtime -1 -type f`, the tar file only contains the 1st file -... (2 Replies)
Discussion started by: ahSher
2 Replies

8. Shell Programming and Scripting

tar command

Hi all, Can anyone please say me what exactly a 'tar' command does? From what all I know, its not basically a compression tool. But I have seen many used it for compression purpose. If you have any links or any stuff which can help me better understand about 'tar', that will be greatly... (1 Reply)
Discussion started by: kripssmart
1 Replies

9. Shell Programming and Scripting

Tar command

I want to tar multiple folder from a environment but exclude 2 folders among them. How can I do that. Is there any exclude option in tar command. Please co-operate me. Thanking you, Chandrakant. (8 Replies)
Discussion started by: get_chandrakant
8 Replies

10. UNIX for Dummies Questions & Answers

Need Help with tar command

I'm new to the unix environment. I need to find out what parameters I need to use to save directory structure and the files underneath this directory AND how to restore this directory structure on another unix machine. Please Help :D (5 Replies)
Discussion started by: kmar
5 Replies
Login or Register to Ask a Question