Extract multiple file in a directory

for i in *.tar.gz; do tar -xzf $i; done
You can flexibly change file pattern(*.tar.gz) and uncompress command to other job! Example, remove all files : for i in *.tar.gz; do rm $i; done (Just for example, because if you really want to remove file, simply use wildcard like this rm *.tar.gz)

By: kureikain
2009-06-13 03:58:48

What Others Think

It's a good example for how to do a for each statement at the commandline... but for those commands (tar, rm) it's unnecessary. But whatever... good, yet contrived, examples.
daemonjax · 650 weeks and 6 days ago
Yes! Just for example! We can do something w/ this for! Example, looop thorugh all files in directory& tweet thier content..:D
kureikain · 650 weeks and 6 days ago
Good example of a for loop, I agree. You could use a single find command as well here: find -name "*.tar.gz" -maxdepth 1 -exec tar -xzf {} \; (the -maxdepth 1 is necessary so that it doesn't untar files inside subdirectories.)
bwoodacre · 650 weeks and 6 days ago
Cool bwoodacre! Thank you for ur command!
kureikain · 650 weeks and 5 days 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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