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Old 03-31-2006
Untar a TAR file at different location


I want to UNTAR a TAR file at different location. Is it possible?
My TAR file contains the files with absolute path.

# 2  
Old 03-31-2006

Originally Posted by malaymaru

I want to UNTAR a TAR file at different location. Is it possible?
My TAR file contains the files with absolute path.


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Best Regards

# 3  
Old 03-31-2006
Hi ,
Try this

tar -xvf /the detsination/directory/youwant yourfile.tar
# 4  
Old 04-11-2006

when i use

tar -xvf /destinationfolder sourceDirectory/myTar.tar

then it throws error:
tar: 0511-164 There is a media read or write block size error. Smilie

but pax is not installed.

so i have only possibility of using command: tar

i searched complete site and also most of the google.

still not found exact answer. Smilie

any idea?

Last edited by sunshine737; 04-11-2006 at 09:26 PM..
# 5  
Old 09-18-2006
Is there no solution to this problem?

Any help unix experts....

# 6  
Old 09-18-2006
Try this:
1. Run tar -tvf on the tarfile. This will tell you what is the absolute path in the tar file.
2. Make a soft link for that path to the actual path where you want to extract the files.
eg. Suppose that the path in the tar file is /home/common/xyz (files are present under the xyz directory) and you want to extract to /home/test directory, then simply do this:
a. mkdir -p /home/common
b. ln -s /home/test /home/common/xyz # assuming here that /home/test exists
3. Run tar to extract the files.
tar -xvf tarfilename # this will extract the files that were in the archive to /home/test
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