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Download and untar on the fly

Many times I download an archive, extract it somewhere then remove the archive file from the disk (it's just garbage). I have wondered if it's possible to do download and untar on the fly, by one command only:

wget -O -|tar -xjf -

So what I did was to download the tar.bz2 archive (wget) to the stdout file (-O -) and then, by using the Linux pipe (|), I've redirected the standard output and I've used it like an input (-) for the tar command.

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Download and untar on the fly

Eugen Mihailescu

Founder/programmer/one-man-show at Cubique Software
Always looking to learn more about *nix world, about the fundamental concepts of math, physics, electronics. I am also passionate about programming, database and systems administration. 16+ yrs experience in software development, designing enterprise systems, IT support and troubleshooting.
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