Extract file from tar home/

g geleem at bellsouth.net
Tue Jun 8 23:56:04 UTC 2010

Suvayu Ali wrote:

> I think the only solution in this case is to do
> $ gunzip bobg.tar.gz
> and keep the resulting bobg.tar file in some easy to access area. A 
> subsequent
> $ tar xf bobg.tar /path/to/my/file
> should be fast and easy to do.

regardless of op's desire, there is no fast way to extract a single
file from such a large file. especially if desired file is in last
portion of large file.

which is another reason to break archive in to smaller tars, zips,
or cpio's, with an indexes to them.

a script could be run to parse indexes and then do what needs to be
done to extract file from it's associated small file archive.


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