Extract file from tar home/

Mike McCarty Mike.McCarty at sbcglobal.net
Mon Jun 7 23:21:09 UTC 2010

Bob Goodwin wrote:
> On 07/06/10 18:08, jack craig wrote:
>> it only makes sense, zip deflated the individual files and tar is
>> ignorance of that requirement.
>> hence the untar, then unzip.
>> you might consider
>> $tar czvf /tmp/bob.tar.gz  /home/bobg/
>> then each file is compressed by tar on the way to the tarball.
>> i think then you can do a
>> $tar xzvf /tmp/bob.tar.gx /home/bobg/somefile
>> and i think that might do what you want.
>> but test first! :)
>     No, that doesn't seem to work. I can list the whole thing  but not
>     individual directories or files.
>     That's ok, I just thought there might have been a way that I had missed.

Either you have a broken tar, or you aren't using it right. It's
intended to work that way, and has always worked that way.

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