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Old 02-20-2009
create tar archive without preserving directory structure?

I am adding some individual files to a tar archive and would like them to be added to the archive without any directory hierarchy, even though the files themselves exist in levels of hierarchy. Unfortunately, tar seems to always preserve the directory hierarchy when it adds the files.

Here is an example:

I have the following files that I would like to add to a tar archive:

/a/b/test1.txt
/c/d/test2.txt
/e/f/test3.txt

Here is the command I am running:

tar -czf test.tar.gz /a/b/test1.txt /c/d/test2.txt /e/f/test3.txt

When I extract the archive, I run:

tar -xzvf test.tar.gz

and it extracts the files like this:

/a/b/test1.txt
c/d/test2.txt
e/f/test3.txt

I would like tar to simply extract to the current directory, without any additional directory structure. How can I accomplish this? tar seems to be including the full path to the files added in the archive.
# 2  
Old 02-21-2009
look into 'man pax' for extraction.
# 3  
Old 03-18-2009
Quote:
Originally Posted by vgersh99
look into 'man pax' for extraction.
So there is no way to simply add the files to an archive without preserving any hierarchy?
 

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