Create/Extract a tar file using contents of a file

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.

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