tar command and relative paths

Posted on 2003-03-06
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Last Modified: 2010-05-18
Ok I have a tar-ing problem was wondering if someone could help...

If I have a tar that contains a bunch of files like:

is there a way to extract all the files/dirs in the imageFolder without having tar make the complete dir home/dummy/imageFolder

(when i run "tar -xvf mytar.tar" it makes the complete dir path from where ever I ran it...)

OR if this isn't possible, is there a way to tar a folder using a complete path /home/blah/blah/myFolder but so that the path in the tar is just myFolder/ , that way the extraction wont make that complete path when I call it...

Thanks for your time.

PS. (please dont tell me I should cd to the dir, I know this, but Im doing some remote programming, and the cd command is not a valid option, everything is being done using absolute paths from /)
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Try the -C option to tar (if your version supports it)
`man tar` for details
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e.g. tar cvf test.tar -C home/dummy  imageFolder

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Thanks, I knew about that -C, but I had the syntax wrong, thanks for the example

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