Pack up some files into a tarball on a remote server without writing to the local filesystem

tar -czf - * | ssh "cat > files.tar.gz"
I recently found myself with a filesystem I couldn't write to and a bunch of files I had to get the hell out of dodge, preferably not one at a time. This command makes it possible to pack a bunch of files into a single archive and write it to a remote server.

By: migurski
2009-03-24 17:02:02

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You can remove the "f -", because tar writes to the stdout by default. tar -cz * | ssh "cat > files.tar.gz"
isaacs · 652 weeks and 3 days ago
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CooperRaff · 26 weeks and 1 day ago

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Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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