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View the list of files and directories in an archive with less.

Terminal - View the list of files and directories in an archive with less.
less file.tar.gz
2009-03-15 23:00:05
User: allbad
Functions: less
-1
View the list of files and directories in an archive with less.

This will print out the files and directories in a gzipped tarball.

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Uhmm... less doesn't have the capabilities to view a binary file, which gzip files are. The following would be correct:

zcat file.tar.gz | less
Comment by atoponce 388 weeks and 5 days ago

works just fine here (kubuntu 8.04.2). Cheers for the tip.

Comment by tanguyr 388 weeks and 4 days ago

@tanguyr You're calling zless, not less. And if you look, you'll see zless is a bash script that calls gzip, pipes the output to STDOUT, and uses less to parse the output. The 'less' binary cannot parse binary files. Only ASCII.

Comment by atoponce 388 weeks and 3 days ago

I think the author intends to list the names of archive members and not file contents so allbad would probably want to do:

tar tfz file.tar.gz | less -S

On recent versions of tar, the 'z' option is no longer strictly necessary for files as compression is autodetected, but is required if input is from a pipe.

Comment by bwoodacre 388 weeks and 3 days ago
less view-the-list-of-files-and-directories-in-an-archive-with-less..html.tar.gz

:-rw-rw-r-- bashiere/bashiere 47440 2009-05-05 11:42 view-the-list-of-files-and-directories-in-an-archive-with-less..html

view-the-list-of-files-and-directories-in-an-archive-with-less..html.tar.gz (END)

^Q

Comment by bashiere 381 weeks and 3 days ago

Your point of view

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