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Hi all,
  I am stuck with something that should realistically be straight forward.
I have a tape archive containing a file that has been backed up.  The file is on the tape if I do "tar tvf /dev/st0 > /tmp/tape_contents" and search the file /tmp/tape_contents I can see the file name.

The file I want to restore is shown in /tmp/tape_contents as "home/data1/Advertising Material/Marks Stuff/1] Documents/brochure 2004/BROCHURE"

How can I restore the file ?
I have tried the following:
tar -xf /dev/st0 "home/data1/Advertising Material/Marks Stuff/1] Documents/brochure 2004/BROCHURE"
And:
tar -xf /dev/st0 home/data1/Advertising Material/Marks Stuff/1] Documents/brochure 2004/BROCHURE

Neither restore the file.... my problems are down to the spaces in file names I believe (the files were created using a Samba share).
Time is running out now - I need to get this file back urgently.  Can anyone give me the correct command to restore the file shown above ?
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by:jlevie
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It might be that "1]  " is simply the ASCII representation of some binary string in the directory name. What I'd do is to restore the "home/data1/Advertising Material/Marks Stuff" directory and pick the file out of that.
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Just before I do this, is the correct command :
tar -xf /dev/st0 home/marketing/Advertising\ Material/Marks\ Stuff/* /tmp/restore/

to restore it into a different directory ?  I dont want to risk overwriting anything that has changed since this backup took place ?
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jlevie earned 750 total points
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Nope, use:

mkdir /tmp/restore
cd /tmp/restore
tar xvf /dev/st0 home/marketing/Advertising\ Material/Marks\ Stuff

That will extract the specified directory into /tmp/restore.
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