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It is possible to list the contents of tar files without needing to extract them. To do this with a tar file, you will do the following.

tar -tvf file.tar

To show the contents of a tar.gz file, you can do this.

tar -ztvf file.tar.gz

And you can also show a tar.bz2 file with the following.

tar -jtvf file.tar.bz2

January 27th, 2011

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