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Old 12-20-2003, 09:57 PM   #1
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Extracting multivolume tar


So, I'm running SuSE 8.0. I had used the Yast2 Backup utility. Now my system has been hosed and I would like to "restore" the system. Three tar files were made from the backup. I have not found a Yast2 utility that will restore the Yast2 backups, therefore I've been trying to extract the files manually. tar -xvfM (filename)will ask me for Volume 2. But I can 't seem to do that? I've put all three tar files in a directory btu I don't know how to "point" to volume 2 then 3?

Thanks for your help

Old 12-21-2003, 01:55 AM   #2
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Looking at the man page, and because I've never done this have you tried:

tar xvfM yast2backup.1.tar yast2backup2.tar yast2backup3.tar

where yast2backup is obviously the name of the tar file...anyway, all on one line?
Old 12-21-2003, 02:09 AM   #3
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I could never get tar to extract multible files, I was trying:

tar -xvf *
But found a way that works, in:

find /dir -name *.tar -exec tar -xvf {} \;
Old 12-21-2003, 02:54 AM   #4
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The -M option is something about mult-volumes, so i figured maybe with this option it allows you to put multiple .tar files on the tar line.

Yeah, tar xvf *.tar has never worked, I usually use something like

for i in `ls *.tar`;do tar xvf $i;done

find, of course, works as well.


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