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PostPosted: Fri 18 Jan 2013, 18:43    Post_subject:  dtrx
Sub_title: Archive extractor - needs Python


If you've got python installed (2.4 or greater) - usually in the devx, you just have a single script to run.
dtrx: Intelligent archive extraction

dtrx stands for “Do The Right Extraction.” It's a tool for Unix-like systems that takes all the hassle out of extracting archives. Here's an example of how you use it:
$ dtrx linux-3.0.1.tar.bz2

That's basically the same thing as:
$ tar -jxf linux-3.0.1.tar.bz2

But there's more to it than that. You know those really annoying files that don't put everything in a dedicated directory, and have the permissions all wrong?
$ tar -zvxf random-tarball.tar.gz
$ cd data/
cd: permission denied: data

dtrx takes care of all those problems for you, too:
$ dtrx random-tarball.tar.gz
$ cd random-tarball/data
$ cat text
This all works properly.

dtrx is simple and powerful. Just use the same command for all your archive files, and they'll never frustrate you again.
Handles many archive types: You only need to remember one simple command to extract tar, zip, cpio, deb, rpm, gem, 7z, cab, lzh, rar, gz, bz2, lzma, xz, and many kinds of exe files, including Microsoft Cabinet archives, InstallShield archives, and self-extracting zip files. If they have any extra compression, like tar.bz2 files, dtrx will take care of that for you, too.
Keeps everything organized: dtrx will make sure that archives are extracted into their own dedicated directories.
Sane permissions: dtrx makes sure you can read and write all the files you just extracted, while leaving the rest of the permissions intact.
Recursive extraction: dtrx can find archives inside the archive and extract those too.
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