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Is there a smarter tar or cpio out there for efficiently retrieving a file stored in the archive?

I am using tar to archive a group of very large (multi-GB) bz2 files. If I use tar -tf file.tar to list the files within the archive, this takes a very long time to complete (~10-15 minutes). ...
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How to move Linux to another partition?

I need to make a copy of a working linux system, which (being contained in /, and the new place is prepared in /mnt/sdb5) seems to contain considerable amount of hard-, soft-links and special files in ...
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cpio VS tar and cp

I just learned that cpio has three modes: copy-out, copy-in and pass-through. I was wondering what are the advantages and disadvantages of cpio under copy-out and copy-in modes over tar. When is it ...
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Backup file format that enables easy access of specific files?

I need to upgrade a Server and there have to make a compressed backup of a lot of directories. The question is: Which format should I use? tar.gz, cpio? Both compression and decompression processes ...
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Does CPIO produce platform dependant archives?

I made a CPIO archive with following command on Solaris 11 (SPARC): find . | cpio -ov >/tmp/myarchive.cpio I copied it to Intel based Solaris 11 machine and tried to extract using the ...
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Automating a multi-tape cpio backup

Currently, I have a simple backup process in which a script is run daily via cron. If there's a tape in the drive, it will use cpio to backup critical files, with a full system backup done once a ...
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auspex LFS backups

I have some backup tapes which existed on an AUSPEX file server. The backups were written to tape with the SunOs version of the CPIO command. Now that I need to restore them, (of course there are no ...
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Restore data from tapes made on old irix system (on linux)

Hey guys I'm looking for some help. I'm trying to get the data off of some old SDLT tapes probably 11+ years old. I don't know anything about them besides they were made on an irix system and I do not ...
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HP-UX -> Linux incremental remote backup

I've the need to setup a differential backup process from a range of remote HP-UXes to a central RHEL5 server. I'd happily go with rsync, problem is, stock HP-UX 11.11 has no built-in rsync and I don'...
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CPIO ulimit reached error

I have been googling this without much luck. I hope someone can help here. We have a customer running SCO Unixware 7 machine. This machine does a daily backup to tape. These have stopped running. ...
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Making archive with the current date as folder name

I am looking to make an archive of my root directory, but only certain folders/files. So far, this is what I have, can you please tell me what I'm doing wrong? For the purposes of figuring out the ...
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Fedora Core yum update cpio error

Any idea why I'm getting these errors when running: yum update http://pastie.org/private/7x4pez9duzxvmb6lgeyrgq I've never had a problem with that command in the past.