Something I find myself doing very often is to download a
.tgz file that I want to unpack, but only in a subfolder. Some rather annoying gzips aren't collected in one folder so that when you unpack it lots of files are created in the current directory. Do you find yourself often doing this:
$ tar -ztvf Some-0.x.tar.gz Some/file1.txt Some/file2.txt ... Some/file100.txt $ tar -zxvf Some-0.x.tar.gz Some/file1.txt Some/file2.txt ... Some/file100.txt
Or, in case they the gzip is badly organised:
$ tar -ztvf Foo-0.y.tar.gz file1.txt file2.txt ... file100.txt $ mkdir Foo; mv Foo-0.y.tar.gz Foo/; cd Foo/ $ tar -zxvf Foo-0.y.tar.gz file1.txt file2.txt ... file100.txt $ cd ..
If you feel that this is too much typing, consider my little (python) script so that you can do this:
$ ztar Some-0.x.tar.gz Some/file1.txt Some/file2.txt ... Some/file100.txt $ ztar Foo-0.y.tar.gz Not tarred in one single folder. Create a new one? Folder: Foo Foo/file1.txt Foo/file2.txt ... Foo/file100.txt
ztar program is a little Python script that wraps up all of these alternatives and options into one little program. Drawback: you get used to it and all of a sudden it's not there because it's not part of the the standard bash utils.
To make this happen on your Linux system, download the file and make it executable. Stick it in your global or local bin directory and enjoy. Remember, this is not rocket science and it welcomes feedback.Follow @peterbe on Twitter