Manual Reference Pages - XTAR (1)
xtar 1.4 - view contents of a tar file
XTar is a Motif program for viewing and manipulating tar archives
(which may be compressed).
The contents of the archive are displayed in the main window
and various options are available from pulldown and popup menus.
The main window shows the name of the file currently displayed,
its size and its size when unpacked.
The main XTar pulldown menu has the following options:
The Option pulldown menu allows you to perform actions on the currently
A similar menu is available by pressing the right mouse button
in the list window.
Furthermore if you set the resource "showPB" to True then
buttons are displayed at the bottom of the main window to perform these
They are as follows:
Open a new tar file.
Unpack the entire archive.
All files are extracted
in the same directory as the tar archive itself.
UNPACK ALL AS...
Unpack the entire archive somewhere else.
allows you to select another location to extract
the tar archive.
You can interactively select a
directory from the file selection box or type in the
name of a new directory which will be created.
Perform a regular expression search on the FILENAMES
in the tar file.
This can also be activated by
pressing / in the main window.
Search for the next occurence of the regular
This can also be activated by pressing
Convert user IDs and group IDs to names on
the current system.
The Set Attributes pulldown menu allows you to set permissions, ownership,
and, if you are root, the group id and time stamp, on extracted files.
To enable these options simply toggle the corresponding button.
View a file.
This uses the XTar resource "mappings" to
display the selected file.
If the file ending matches
one in the list then the appropriate external viewer
is called; otherwise it is assumed to be text and a
window is opened.
The text window also shows the
currently selected file and its size.
If you have selected a file, this extracts that file
into the current directory.
If you have selected a
directory this unpacks it in the same directory as the
the tar file.
Allows you to save the file or directory under another
If you try and extract a directory into a
directory which does not exist, then it is created
The Info pulldown menu allows you to access copyright information and the
xtar man page.
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