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Old 08-21-2004, 05:26 AM   #1
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How on Earth to create compressed files in Linux?

Hi up until now I have only ever used the right click menu option in KDE to make and extract compressed archives. However since upgrading to KDE 3.3 all of my right click options to create and extract compressed files using Ark have been deleted. Now if I right click in a file I am presented with only a very few options - none of which are to create a compressed file.

So I decided to try searching and try to learn how to accomplish the task using the CL. However after reading the instructions found here and attempting to create a compressed file using these instructions, eg:

tar -czvf flints.tgz barney.txt fred.txt betty.txt
(of course subtituting these file names for my own file names) I am confronted by nothing. There is no compressed archive produced at all by using these commands.

Really what I would like to do is compress a folder, but the instrcutions here for this also do not work:

tar -czvf my-file/
The only thing that happens is I get insulted on the CL and called 'Cowardly' for attempting to create an empty archive. Erm, what?

How do I compress files and folders in Linux and how can I get my righ click (shell?) extensions back in this new version of KDE?

Life seems a lot more stressful without them.

Best regards,

Old 08-21-2004, 05:38 AM   #2
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The below command looks like it should work, as long as the files barney.txt fred.txt betty.txt actually exist.
tar -czvf flints.tgz barney.txt fred.txt betty.txt

This command will fail:
tar -czvf my-file/
You need to provide a name for the file like this:
tar -czvf my-file.tar.gz my-file/

I don't know about the missing "right-click" options.
Old 08-21-2004, 06:01 AM   #3
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Re: How on Earth to create compressed files in Linux?

Originally posted by raid517
The only thing that happens is I get insulted on the CL and called 'Cowardly' for attempting to create an empty archive. Erm, what?
The message "tar: Cowardly refusing to create an empty archive" is implying that the program (not the user) is a coward for not creating the empty archive (if it helps, read "tar [is] cowardly refusing...")

Don't be so quick to take offence
Old 08-21-2004, 02:02 PM   #4
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OK thanks, but I sure miss all the right click stuff. ;(

Old 06-03-2009, 03:07 PM   #5
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Try this

tar -czvf - flints.tgz barney.txt fred.txt betty.txt

Last edited by fuzorose; 06-03-2009 at 03:12 PM.


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