Restoring from a tarball

Todd Zullinger tmz at
Tue Oct 18 18:59:55 UTC 2011

Frank Cox wrote:
> The problem you're going to run into is the initial / that you used
> before home/marcia when you created the tarball.  Tar won't restore
> the initial / so when you extract the files they will end up in
> home/marcia under whatever directory you're currently in at that
> time.
> The easiest solution is to extract the tarball and move (with the mv
> command) the marcia directory into /home on completion.

Or use the --absolute-names (-P) option to tar.  That's for "don’t
strip leading ‘/’s from file names."

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