[SOLVED] Extract from `tar` archive as ordered in --files-from
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A tar archive is a linear stream with no overall index. The only way to locate a file is to read the archive from the beginning. It was originally written to work with tape drives (the name comes from "Tape ARchiver"), where seeks are expensive, and is also frequently used in pipelines, where seeks are impossible. It will always list or extract files in the order they appear in the archive.