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Old 06-14-2004, 09:50 PM   #1
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Untar/move multiple files in one step


Here's a fun question. I downloaded a file that contains all the gkrellm skins and untarred it only to discover that it contains about 200 individual tar files. I want to, in the easiest way possible, run tar -xvzf filename on each one and then move the folder that gets created by the untarring process to ~/.gkrellm2/themes/. Do I need to do some shell script with variables and loops to accomplish this? I assume I can do this with just the tar and mv commands alone. Actually, once I get them all extracted, I think I can just mv *gz (since some are .tar.gz and some are .tgz) to another place and then mv * to the themes folder. I do need help on untarring all of them though.

Thanks in advance,
Johnathan
 
Old 06-14-2004, 09:56 PM   #2
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couldn't u just tar <filename> ~/.gkrellm2/themes/
 
Old 06-14-2004, 10:13 PM   #3
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I'm not sure exactly how that use of tar works. Will it put all the files in the tar in ~/.gkrellm2/themes, or will it create a folder ~/.gkrellm2/themes/filename/ and put all the files in there (that's what I need). Also, that takes care of one, but there are 200 individual tarballs that I need to do this with (hopefully not one at a time). Any suggestions?
 
Old 06-14-2004, 10:15 PM   #4
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tar xzvf *.tar.gz -C ~/.gkrellm2/themes
 
Old 06-14-2004, 10:20 PM   #5
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if the packager did it right, each tar should unpack to it's own dir. for tar, try tar --help or man tar. so using the command i posted before u could possibly try to cd to the dir that u have the tarred file and try:

tar -xvf * ~/.gkrellm2/themes/

this seems like it would extract everything in that dir that u are currently in and move them to ~/.gkrellm2/themes/ not too sure if this will work though, seems like it should
 
Old 06-14-2004, 10:39 PM   #6
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That just spits back an error for every one. For example,

tar: sunset.gkrellm.tar.gz: Not found in archive

and so on for every package.
 
Old 06-14-2004, 10:46 PM   #7
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How about
cd to ~/.gkrellm/themes
for f in /path/to/files/*; do tar xzvf $f; done
 
Old 06-14-2004, 11:03 PM   #8
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Perfect! Thanks.
 
Old 06-14-2004, 11:15 PM   #9
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Just to be complete, you can also specify multiple files with {} eg.

If you have a directory full of files like DCN001.jpg, DCN002.jpg, etc. but just wanted to move DCN012.jpg, DCN023.jpg and DCN041.jpg, then do:

mv DCN{012,023,041}.jpg /newdirectory
 
Old 06-15-2004, 12:12 AM   #10
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Quote:
cd to ~/.gkrellm/themes
for f in /path/to/files/*; do tar xzvf $f; done
i would have thought that the above would cause the packages to be placed in ~/.gkrellm/themes/path/to/files/*
 
Old 06-15-2004, 12:17 AM   #11
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It did what it was supposed to for me. I don't know enough about the for command to understand why though .
 
Old 06-15-2004, 12:49 AM   #12
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Quote:
Originally posted by Berhanie
i would have thought that the above would cause the packages to be placed in ~/.gkrellm/themes/path/to/files/*
Nah. It's saying 'for every tarball in that path, untar a tarball'. /path/to/files is the source and the current directory is the destination.

-- Glad it worked for you, jrdioko.

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Old 06-15-2004, 12:52 AM   #13
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oh. i see. thank you. i misunderstood what was going on.
 
Old 06-15-2004, 07:14 PM   #14
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neat

**adds little command sequence to his list of neat linux things he did not know, and knows now**
 
  


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