September 28, 2008

Finding Which File to Extract from a Tar Backup

Posted in Linux/Zaurus Tips and Tricks at 7:18 am by sdjf

A primary reason I have so little free K bytes in internal memory on my Zaurus is that I want easy access to all the files and email I have written or downloaded, no matter which SD card I happen to be using, and whether or not I am using my CF modem at the moment. I do not want to have to putz around, hunting through backups and then having to extract the files, I want them quickly and easily.

But I have gotten very tired of the lack of space, and started wondering if I could find a way to quickly and easily locate old files I need and extract them. I have not found a perfect solution yet, not one good enough to make me feel comfortable about erasing a bunch of files, which I think I might need access to on a moment’s notice, but I thought I would share what I have figured out so far, as I have found some techniques which I have found quite helpful when I need to examine the contents of a backup file.
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