Tarball Decompression/Directory Question

Probably a stupid question - but I just know the basics about Linux/SSH/etc.

I've got a tarball with a series of directories packaged up in it.  The person who gzipped it up just did a recursive packaging...from a primary directory.

So it's like...


When decompressing it - I don't want the httpdocs initial directory...

Any way for me to un-package it so it does all the contents w/o dumping it into an httpdocs directory?

Thanks in advance!
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I don't think that there is an easy way to do this in tar, but could you do
tar xf filename.tar
mv -f httpdocs/* .
rmdir httpdocs

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(this assumes that you don't already have an httpdocs directory.  if you do, precede the commands with
    mv httpdocs httpdocs.safe
and follow them with
    mv httpdocs.safe httpdocs

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