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Searching a file inside a .tar.gz file by date


I would like to ask if there is a way to search for a file inside a .tar.gz file without extracting it? If there is, is there a way to search for that file by date?

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you can view the list of files using from tar.gz
tar -tvzf file.tar.gz

Apply grep command on the o/p of above command to find out particular file
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it says that "z" is not a recognized flag.
tar: Not a recognized flag: z
Usage: tar -{c|r|t|u|x} [ -BdDEFhilmopRUsvwZ ] [ -Number ] [ -f TarFil e ]
           [ -b Blocks ] [ -S [ Feet ] | [ Feet@Density ] | [ Blocksb ] ]
           [ -L InputList ] [-X ExcludeFile] [ -N Blocks ] [ -C Directory ] File ...
Usage: tar {c|r|t|u|x} [ bBdDEfFhilLXmNopRsSUvwZ[0-9] ] ]
           [ Blocks ] [ TarFile ] [ InputList ] [ ExcludeFile ]
           [ [ Feet ] | [ Feet@Density ] | [ Blocksb ] ] [-C Directory ] File ...

Last edited by Franklin52; 10-15-2013 at 05:06 AM.. Reason: Please use code tags
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gunzip -c file.tar.gz | tar tvf -

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BTW, the content of the files inside this archive contains the date the file was created.

what if I have to search for a file/s inside it by date?

gunzip -c file.tar.gz | tar tvf - | grep filename

How do I follow this up to search the file/s with a specific filename with a specific date that file was created?

And also, I know this is incorrect, but how do I make this right:

gunzip -c file.tar.gz | tar tvf - | grep filename -exec cp {} /home/myhome \;


Last edited by erin00; 10-16-2013 at 12:25 AM..

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