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Old 02-01-2015, 11:35 AM   #1
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force tar clobbering (overwrites) with -C

Hey, I want to find a way to use the tar utility to overwrite to a destination directory.

For example, I have a tar bzip2 here that I extract.
tar xvjf archive.tar.bz2 -C newdir
And let's say the original root directory of archive.tar.bz2 is called originaldir...

What happens is this directory is created in newdir:

But I want to overwrite all files in newdir with -C newdir:

Newdir should be the same as originaldir, but with newer files clobbering the old, and leaving the original ones alone.
Maybe I can do something after extracting, like rsync -av from originaldir to newdir and removing it, but it seems too wierd. Also, I don't think -O will do what I want, and it's not clear how to use it. Any help?
Old 02-01-2015, 11:52 AM   #2
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Sorry, I found the answer I was looking for. It's this:

tar xvjf archive.tar.bz2 -C newdir --strip-components=1


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