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Old 04-18-2006, 06:42 AM   #1
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hi dears,

I am using HP DDS4 drive for backup,using tar command i can backup and restore data but what if i want to see what is inside the tar files stored on DDS media???
tar command only shows the .tar files stored on media but i want to see the contents of that particular tar file.

Thanks in advance

Old 04-18-2006, 10:16 AM   #2
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Here's a mini-Howto I wrote a long time ago:


To list the contents of an archive:

$ tar -tvf <archive>

To list only the directories do:

$ tar -tf archive.tar | grep /$


Extracting individual files from an archive:

tar -xvf <archive> <filename>

The filename must be as it appears in the archive; use tar -tvf to get exact file name.



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