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# 1  
Old 05-01-2012
Extract files from tar ball without directory structure

I have tar filw which has multiple directories which contain files.
When i extract using tar -xf the directory structure also get extracted.

I require only files and not directory structures as there will be overhead of moving the files again.

So i searched here and got a solution but i'm not able to understand what its doing.I've read the man pages but not able to get.
The Solution is like this.
pax -r -f tartest.tar -s'/tartest\///'

Please guide me to understand what its doing and what

# 2  
Old 05-01-2012
It doesn't remove all the path information. It just gets rid of the /tartest/.

It's a regular expression. It replaces tartest/ with nothing.

The backslashes are to get literal /'s into a string delimited with /'s.
# 3  
Old 05-02-2012
Hi Corona,

So if i have the directoy structure in tar like below


How can i use it to extract the files directly?


Last edited by Scrutinizer; 05-02-2012 at 07:39 AM.. Reason: code tags
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Old 05-02-2012
       --strip, --strip-components N
              Strips the first N components from archive members' pathnames
              when unpacking.

-- excerpt from GNU man tar, q.v.

The full manual is available at GNU tar manual - GNU Project - Free Software Foundation (FSF)

Best wishes ... cheers, drl
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Old 05-02-2012
What Operating System and version you have?

The long-term solution is to create your tar archives with relative paths.

When reading a tar archive with pax the simplest is to remove the leading solidus from the absolute filenames. Always practice your tar and pax commands with a small and expendable file before moving on to live data.
pax -r -f tartest.tar -s '/^\///'

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