Remove all files previously extracted from a tar(.gz) file.

for i in $(tar -tf <file.tar.gz>); do rm $i; done;
Remove annoying improperly packaged files that untar into the incorrect directory. Example, When you untar and it extracts hundreds of files into the current directory.... bleh.

By: din7
2009-07-06 19:57:23

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What Others Think

Viperlin · 647 weeks ago
does not handle directorys :( in my new (with bash alias): for i in $(tar -tf $1); do rm -r $i; done
Viperlin · 647 weeks ago
tar -tf | xargs rm -r
prayer · 647 weeks ago
sorry: tar -tf <file.tar.gz> | xargs rm -r
prayer · 647 weeks ago
Nice idea. (I prefer the xargs alternative however)
CodSpirit · 647 weeks ago
The demons told me everything appreciation
yeoyeo · 15 weeks and 1 day ago

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