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Old 10-26-2006, 06:40 AM   #1
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tar - extract to different directory

Hi there, if i am in /opt and i want to extract /data/package.tar to /usr, how do I do it...How can I extract to a directoory that im not currently in ???

eg ....(I thought this would work but it doesnt)

#cd /opt
# tar xvf /data/package.tar /usr

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Old 10-26-2006, 08:16 AM   #2
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Reading through the man page for tar, I don't think you can do this. If you want to extract the files from a tarfile "foo.tar", you would simply go to the directory that you want to use as a starting point and then extract it from there. For instance, if I have a tarfile named "foo.tar" in my home directory "/home/bar", and I want to extract that tar file into /opt, I would do the following:

# cd /opt
# tar xvf /home/bar/foo.tar

When you tried to do "tar xvf /data/package.tar /usr", as far as tar was concerned what you were asking to do was extract the file "/usr" from the tarfile package.tar. This may or may not have worked, depending on what was actually in the package.tar file.
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i am in /opt and i want to extract /data/package.tar to /usr, how do I do it...How can I extract to a directoory that im not currently in ???
tar xvf /data/package.tar -C /usr
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Old 05-19-2009, 07:31 AM   #4
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extract tar file to a different folder

I tried this:
tar xvf /data/package.tar -C /usr
but it didn't work for me, I got an error about being unable to execute a remote shell.

This did work though, and might be more portable:
cd /path/to/where/files/are/required
cat /path/to/file.tar | tar xf -
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Originally Posted by Berhanie View Post
tar xvf /data/package.tar -C /usr
Thanks, the -C modifier worked perfectly to extract files to a different directory other than the current one!


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