strip non-constant number of directories from tar archive while decompressing

tar --transform 's#.*/\([^/]*\)$#\1#' -xzvf test-archive.tar.gz
If you want to decompress the files from an archive to current directory by stripping all directory paths, use --transform option to strip path information. Unfortunately, --strip-components option is good if the target files have same and constant depth of folders. The idea was taken from http://www.unix.com/solaris/145941-how-extract-files-tar-file-without-creating-directories.html
Sample Output
$ tar tzvf test-archive.tar.gz
./path/to/first/file/a.txt
./another/path/to/files/to/be/archived/b.txt
./another/path/to/files/to/be/archived/c.txt

$ tar --transform 's#.*/\([^/]*\)$#\1#' -xzvf test-archive.tar.gz
$ ls
a.txt
b.txt
c.txt
test-archive.tar.gz

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2010-11-29 23:16:57

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