Extract file from tar home/

Bob Goodwin bobgoodwin at wildblue.net
Tue Jun 8 23:57:03 UTC 2010

On 08/06/10 19:36, Suvayu Ali wrote:
> On Tuesday 08 June 2010 04:26 PM, Patrick O'Callaghan wrote:
>> On Tue, 2010-06-08 at 18:15 -0400, Bob Goodwin wrote:
>>> Yes, and this is essentially what I did except I tar'd the entire
>>>       /home/bobg/ directory into one big lump. My question was could I
>>> go in and unzip individual files. It seems that can't be done easily.
>> You don't seem to have grokked the previous answers (mine and others)
>> including the one you're replying to. What you want to do is easy and
>> completely standard. The quoted answer tells you exactly how to do it.
>> Once more with feeling:
>> To extract the whole thing:
>> $ tar xf bobg.tar.gz
>> (or tar xvf to if you want to watch it working)
>> To extract only a specific file:
>> $ tar xf bobg.tar.gz the/file/you/want
> I think the OP's worry is not whether it can be done, but he wants to
> avoid the time and CPU cycles involved in the gunzip step. Since he has
> his entire home directory in the tarball, even extracting a single file
> requires tar to decompress the entire tarball before it can extract that
> one file.
> 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.
>> poc
> Apologies if my understanding of the OP's problem is incorrect.
Yes, that is it, processing that large file eats time and slowed down 
the computer when I created it making it difficult to do anything else 
while it worked.



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