I've received a Unix software distribution as a compressed cpio file. What's the best command to extract the files?
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- i : extract (input)
- d : create directories
- m : preserve mtime
- v : verbose
While this is an old question, it shows up high on Google, so I thought I might update it. I agree with the accepted answer in general, but you should add '--no-absolute-filenames' unless you are intending to overwrite important system files on your machine. Also, personally, I prefer 'zcat' over 'gzip -cd' or 'gunzip -c'. El habito hace al monje umberto eco pdf.
Finally, note that you need to run cpio as root (e.g. sudo) if you are extracting a root filesystem that contains device nodes.
This Wikipedia page on
cpio has some good notes.
For more details, refer to the
A link from the same Wikipedia page discusses comparison with
And, here is an example of using
cpio with the
For example, to extract the archived contents of /etc/httpd/ to the current directory, creating subdirectories ./etc/httpd/
The accepted answer and Matt's were both helpful to me but I was stumped for a while because of three details:
- The matching pattern needs to be quoted to work as a pattern :P
- The option
--no-absolute-filenamesmust precede the pattern on the command line
- Since that option removes the leading
/from filenames, the matching pattern must also omit the leading