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Old 04-23-2004, 08:54 PM   #1
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After extracting a tar...is tar useless?


If i extract a tar file using tar command,
a new directory is created with the appropriate files.

Is the original .tar file useless at that point?
 
Old 04-23-2004, 08:56 PM   #2
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yes, unless you particularly want to keep it - I wait until I have many tarballs with libraries etc on then burn them to CD so I don't need to redownload them if I ever want to reinstall my system.

Short answer is yes.
 
Old 04-23-2004, 09:01 PM   #3
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Question How about the directory and it's files?

OK, I understand that the tar file is basically bakup at that point, but what about the directory that is created by the tar command.

If I successfully install the program, is that directory and its files also backup now?
 
Old 04-23-2004, 09:02 PM   #4
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If you've done 'make install' then yes.
 
Old 04-23-2004, 09:03 PM   #5
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Thanks again for your help Komakino.

Learning a new OS can be a humbling experience.
 
Old 04-23-2004, 09:05 PM   #6
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Tell me about it...I'm still learning!
 
Old 04-23-2004, 10:04 PM   #7
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Yeah, only reason why you'd want to keep the install directory around is if you wanted to reconfigure the app you just installed. I did this recently, with vim, had to work the ./configure about 3 times before I got it just the way I wanted. I regularly go through my install directory and do an ls -l | grep drw to see what directories I have just sitting around pimpin' electrons.
 
  


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