Some small useful tips I keep forgetting from time to time. Just blogging them
so I can find them easily.
Clean up messy tar files
Some people like to create tar files without a parent folder. These, when
extracted, fill the current directory with lots of files and folders messing up
your neatly ordered file structure.
Fortunately with a any of the following two commands you can quickly find and
delete all the offending files and folders:
Decompress any type of tar
To extract files from compressed tar files we needed different commands depending on the compression format (-j for bzip, -z for gzip...). With newer tar versions there is a -a switch that decompresses all formats: