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

tar -tf <file.tar.gz> | xargs rm -r

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By: prayer
2009-07-06 22:23:11

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None of these alternatives is perfect. If one of the tar's directories has other files (like /usr/share/man), the 'rm -r' from alternative 1 will end up erasing the whole directory. And alternative 2 just does not remove directories. My take: tar tf <file.tar.gz> | sort -r | while read file; do if [ -d "$file" ]; then rmdir "$file"; else rm -f "$file"; fi; done --> This command will spit a few error messages if there are already files on some directories, etc., but it will work OK and safe and will erase files and directories in the right order (files first, respective directories afterwards).
Patola · 641 weeks and 4 days ago
many times people use * to build their archives which cause me some time stamp way to do this ... why not interrogate the archive ... Usually *nix users behave and put stuff in a folder then tar it up ... but most of the time when I see * archive it's .zip file ... this this inspired me to come up with this one: unzip -lt foo.zip | grep testing | awk '{print $2}' | xargs rm -r
copremesis · 641 weeks and 3 days ago
use pipe | while read a; instead of xargs. it happened to me to have too many entry to finish the buffer using xargs
ioggstream · 641 weeks and 2 days ago
Teal was the color of your shirt a pat on the back
yeoyeo · 9 weeks and 5 days ago

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