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I'm using tarsnap for backups, and it is working fine. However, to test a backup, I would like to restore it but without overwriting the current version of the files. It would thus make sense to extract the backup to a folder separate to the source folder of the backup. Can tarsnap do this?

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From the manpage:

 -C directory
         (c and x modes only) In c mode, this changes the directory before adding the following files.  In x mode, change directories after opening the archive but before
         extracting entries from the archive.

So, tarsnap -f imagename -C output-dir will extract imagename into output-dir.

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