GNU tar creates and manipulates archives which are actually collections of many other files; the program provides users with an organized and systematic method for controlling a large amount of data.

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Quickest way to transfer 55GB of images to new server

I currently have two CentOS servers. I need to know how and what the quickest way would be to "tar" up the images directory and SCP it over? Is that the quickest way that I just suggested, because ...
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Can I extract a specific folder using tar to another folder?

I am new to the world of Linux and seem to have run into a stumbling block. I know I can extract a specifc archive using the command tar xvfz archivename.tar.gz sampledir/ however how can I extract ...
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“tar cfz” versus “tar cf - | gzip”: are they different? (or how to improve a backup)

I want to speed up my backup done with tar cfz, the common way to do it. But day by day my backed up files grow so it becomes slower. I was thinking to take advantage of the several cores available ...
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How to perform a secure rsync between servers across an unsecured network

Basically what I'm asking is, has anyone come across a means by which to wrap rsync inside ssh. With OpenSSH v4.9+ sftp has some nice options that allow you to chroot the incoming connection and such ...
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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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Linux gzip multiple subdirectories into separate archives?

How would I be able to compress subdirectories into separate archives? Example: directory subdir1 subdir2 Should create subdir1(.tar).gz and subdir2(.tar).gz
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Mount a tar file - not possible?

It seems one cannot mount a tar file (read only), similarly as one mounts an ISO image file. At least, I have not found any implementation. It would be useful, for example to run a find command ...
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Compress every file in a directory into its own compressed file

How do I compress every file in a directory into its own tar whilst preserving the name for each file? i.e. file1.out file2.out --> file1.out.tar.gz file2.out.tar.gz
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Tar: avoid archiving of files larger than certain size

I want to archive files (with tar) which are below 3 MB in size. But I also want to retain the directories in which those files exist. (so I cannot use find command). I just want to avoid the files ...
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Different md5sums for same tar contents

I run a test creating two tars from the same dir (its files remained unchanged), and I found that their md5sums were different. I assume there's some timestamp being included in the tar's header, but ...
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compare tar content with local folder

I want to compare the content of a tar archive (backup of $HOME) with the content of my local $HOME to see whether there are files in the tar file which are not yet in the local filesystem. What is ...
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How do you only tar files in a directory based on a specific file name?

I want to create a tar ball and include only the files in the directory that start with a specific filename. For instance I have apples-x.x.x and oranges-x.x.x, and I only want to tar the files ...
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Issues while untaring in Linux- tarball created from Solaris

I am getting an error- Unknown file type 'A', extracted as normal file while un-tarring a set of files which has acl permissions set. I had created the tar file in solaris as tar -cpfv ...