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option to delete .tar file while extracting

Is there an option in tar which deletes the .tar file as soon as it is successfully extracted.
# 2  
Depends. If you enter tar --help or man tar, is there?
# 3  
Well, I just skimmed the man page but there is no switch that deletes the tar file after extraction.

But shell scripting would do the job fine, you just have to type a bit more (or create new alias/shell script)

Quote:
% archive_file="file.tar"; tar xf $archive_file && rm $archive_file
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of course it can be done by scripting. However my file system has low disk space and i cannot have both the .tar and the extracted file at the same time.
# 5  
well why not something like this

say you have a file test.tar.gz and you want to extract content and rm. why not something like
Code:
gunzip -c test.tar.gz | tar -xvf -; rm test.tar.gz

would this work for you?

** edit to this post **
now that i think about it, its pretty much the same thing as what bsddaemon just posted :X
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Originally Posted by pupp
why not something like
Code:
gunzip -c test.tar.gz | tar -xvf -; rm test.tar.gz

As a side note, that one liners can be shorter Smilie

tar -xzf test.tar.gz && rm test.tar.gz

I dont have Solaris with me now, but I believe for bzip2, the switch needed is j

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