Untar to a specific directory

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  1. Ocky
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    How do you usually untar ? Say you saved a tar.gz to Desktop and now want to untar it to
    another directory, what is your usual method and do you use the command line ?

    I know how with the command line but it's a bit cumbersome.

    ( I think most folks simply r/click extract and then proceed to move the extracted folder to where they want it).
  2. vasa1
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    That's what I do. Why the question? What are you thinking about? o_O
  3. Ocky
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    Just wondering who bothers with the command line for this. Surely we are both striving to become avid cli users ? :p
    Eg. [ocky@localhost General Help]$ tar -C /home/ocky/Desktop -xvzf "/home/ocky/Documents/General Help/rkhunter.tar.gz"
    rkhunter/
    rkhunter/rkhunter SL6 warnings
    rkhunter/README.txt
    rkhunter/Lucid rkhunter warnings
    rkhunter/rkhunter warnings recd.txt
    rkhunter/rkhunter script.mht
    rkhunter/rkhunter_scan.sh
    rkhunter/rkhunter.mht
    rkhunter/rkhunter
    [ocky@localhost General Help]$

    (for extracting rkhunter.tar.gz to Desktop)

    I didn't know this until recently i.e. was always stumped when trying to do it via the command line and thus noob depression set in. :)
  4. Mrkvonic
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    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

    tar zxvf <archive> -C <dir>

    I find this much more intuitive than the GUI.
    For gz, use xzvf.
    For bz2, use -xjvf.

    -v is optional.

    Cheers,
    Mrk
  5. Ocky
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    OK, thanks.
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  6. BrandiCandi
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    Very useful to know- thanks!
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  8. NGRhodes
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    Open archive with fileroller (rather than right click/extract) and the use extract option which brings a dialog, part of which allows you choose a destination folder.

    If I happen to be in the command line I will extract my tarball from there.
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  10. Beavenburt
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    Despite some linux nerds protestations there are particular functions that are more quickly carried out in gui rather than the command line. IMO extracting archives is one of them. Therefore I right click and "extract to"
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