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copy paste multiple binary files

Terminal - copy paste multiple binary files
tar -c bins/ | gzip -9 | openssl enc -base64
2011-02-24 22:15:23
User: mweed
Functions: gzip tar
copy paste multiple binary files

Useful when you have multiple files or binary files that you need to transfer to a different host and scp or the like is unavailable.

To unpack on the destination host copy paste output using the opposite order:

openssl enc -d -base64 | gunzip | tar -x

Terminate openssl input using ^d

Note: gzip is outside of tar because using -z in tar produces lots of extra padding.


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why not use tar -cz?

Comment by coffeeaddict_nl 248 weeks ago

updated notes with explanation. Basically tar -cz uses more space/padding.

du -sh wheee/

20K wheee/

tar -cz wheee/ | wc -c


tar -c wheee/ | gzip | wc -c


Comment by mweed 247 weeks and 6 days ago

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