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Old 06-07-2004, 10:09 AM   #1
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Need help with 'tar' command

Dear Experts

I have been using the tar command to take the backup and restore it using the followins simple commands

backup: tar -czvf <tar file name> <list of files to tar>
restore: tar -xzvf <tar file name>

However, how can one see the list of files in the tar without extracting? I have tried 'tar -t <tar file name>', but that does not work due to the fazt that I had used a 'z' flag while compressing it

Hence, how can I see a list of files and verify the validity of a tar created with a 'z' flag without untaring the file.

Old 06-07-2004, 10:19 AM   #2
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tar -ztf Name.tar

And now some cool thing - make a tar stream through ssh:
tar -cvf - [name or path ] | ( ssh root@host tar -xvf - -C [targetpath] )
You can create a tar on a remote computer, without a local copy, very useful if the is not enough space left!

Old 06-07-2004, 10:34 AM   #3
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gzip -dc [filename] | tar -t
If you want verbose info, add a v on the end:

gzip -dc [filename] | tar -tv


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