Create/Extract a tar file using contents of a file

Written by Benjamin Cane on 2011-07-14 21:00:06

If you want to create a tar that contains only files specified in a file you can use the -T option.

Example:

[[email protected] play]$ cat list.txt  
1.txt  
2.txt  
3.txt  
[[email protected] play]$ tar -cvzf files.tgz -T list.txt  
1.txt  
2.txt  
3.txt  
[[email protected] play]$ tar -tvzf files.tgz   
-rw-rw-r-- bcane/bcane 0 2011-07-13 16:48 1.txt  
-rw-rw-r-- bcane/bcane 0 2011-07-13 16:48 2.txt  
-rw-rw-r-- bcane/bcane 0 2011-07-13 16:48 3.txt

-T will work for both creation and extraction of tar files.


Picture of Benjamin Cane

Benjamin is a Systems Architect working in the financial services industry focused on platforms that require Continuous Availability. He has been working with Linux and Unix for over 10 years now and has recently published his first book; Red Hat Enterprise Linux Troubleshooting Guide.

Publications

Identify, capture and resolve common issues faced by Red Hat Enterprise Linux administrators using best practices and advanced troubleshooting techniques

What people are saying:
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Troubleshooting Guide may just be all you need in your quest to wear the red hat. - Perry N.
Buy on Amazon

Sponsored by