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Old 07-21-2006, 11:30 PM   #1
matt kramer
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problems with tar


i've been trying to extract a tar file that i downloaded into a specific file that is only permissable by root. so i logged into the terminal as root and tried to extract the file to the inteded file and found that when i try to extract any tar file the terminal just hangs there without doing anything except just blink the curser at me on an empty line.

got any ideas about what's goin' on?

also, is there any way to run my GUI as the root user? i don't have the option to log into any of my gui's as root but i want to.

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Old 07-21-2006, 11:39 PM   #2
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I'll take the last comment first. Do not log into your x server as root. Although this is possible, it is silly. You can really do some damage logging into the xserver as root. Tar is not that complicate of a command. As far as I know you can't change permissions with tar. Usually you don't download a tar file. It is either .tar.gz or .tar.bz2. I don't know what exact command you are using, but to extract a .tar.gzfile:

tar zxvf file.tar.gz

For .tar.bz2:

tar jxvf file.tar.bz2

plain .tar

tar xvf file.tar

If you want a file name, other than the original:

mv file.tar.gz newfilename

To make this accesible only by root:

chown root: newfilename
chmod 0700 newfilename

Last edited by AwesomeMachine; 07-21-2006 at 11:40 PM.
Old 07-22-2006, 01:02 AM   #3
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hello matt kramer

you can try doing this:

IFS=$'\n'; for a in $(tar -zxvf yourfile.tar.gz); do chmod root "$a"; done; IFS=$' :\t\n'
Old 07-22-2006, 01:42 PM   #4
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For GUI as root, try text-mode init (usually runlevel 3). Then login as root. Then do `startx'.
Old 07-22-2006, 07:45 PM   #5
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have you tried sudo?

make this script



for a in $(tar -zxvf "${FILE}"); do
   chmod root "$a"
IFS=$' :\t\n'
then do
sudo bash filename.tar.gz


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