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Clean up after a poorly-formed tar file

Terminal - Clean up after a poorly-formed tar file
tar ztf tar-lacking-subdirectory.tar.gz | xargs rm
2009-02-19 00:34:09
User: mulad
Functions: tar xargs
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Clean up after a poorly-formed tar file

These days, most software distributed in tar files will just contain a directory at the top level, but some tar files don't have this and can leave you with a mess of files in the current folder if you blindly execute

tar zxvf something.tar.gz

This command can help you clean up after such a mistake. However, note that this has the potential to do bad things if someone has been *really* nasty with filenames.

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