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Old 07-12-2006, 04:36 AM   #1
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how to delete a particular file from tar file

i have a tar file from which i would like to delete a particular file. can i do it without untar it, deleting the file and tar back ?

just tried out --delete option, but the tar file just doesn't seem to be doing anything.

Old 07-12-2006, 05:06 AM   #2
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tar --delete -f yourArchive.tar archivePath/to/file
It seems you cannot use this on a compressed archive, your must decompress it first and then recompress it.
[clavel@home ~]$ tar zcf test.tar.gz test
[clavel@home ~]$ tar ztf test.tar.gz
[clavel@home ~]$ tar -z --delete -f test.tar.gz test/blo
tar: Cannot update compressed archives
Try `tar --help' or `tar --usage' for more information.
[clavel@home ~]$ gunzip test.tar.gz
[clavel@home ~]$ tar --delete -f test.tar test/blo
[clavel@home ~]$ gzip test.tar
[clavel@home ~]$ tar ztf test.tar.gz
Old 07-12-2006, 05:53 AM   #3
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thanks zeitounator !!

yes !! as you said, one cannot delete single files from compressed archives.

thanks once again.


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