dtrx - cleanly extract many archive types
dtrx [OPTIONS] ARCHIVE [ARCHIVE ...]
dtrx extracts archives in a number of different formats; it currently
supports tar, zip (including self-extracting .exe files), cpio, rpm,
deb, gem, 7z, cab, rar, and InstallShield files. It can also
decompress files compressed with gzip, bzip2, lzma, or compress.
In addition to providing one command to handle many different archive
types, dtrx also aids the user by extracting contents consistently. By
default, everything will be written to a dedicated directory that's
named after the archive. dtrx will also change the permissions to
ensure that the owner can read and write all those files.
To run dtrx, simply call it with the archive(s) you wish to extract as
arguments. For example:
$ dtrx coreutils-5.*.tar.gz
dtrx supports a number of options to mandate specific behavior:
With this option, dtrx will search inside the archives you
specify to see if any of the contents are themselves archives,
and extract those as well.
Normally, if an archive only contains one file or directory with
a name that doesn't match the archive's, dtrx will ask you how
to handle it. With this option, you can specify ahead of time
what should happen. Possible values are:
inside Extract the file/directory inside another directory named
after the archive. This is the default.
rename Extract the file/directory in the current directory, and
then rename it to match the name of the archive.
here Extract the file/directory in the current directory.
Normally, dtrx will avoid extracting into a directory that
already exists, and instead try to find an alternative name to
use. If this option is listed, dtrx will use the default
directory name no matter what.
Extract all archive contents into the current directory, instead
of their own dedicated directory. This is handy if you have
multiple archive files which all need to be extracted into the
same directory structure. Note that existing files may be
overwritten with this option.
dtrx will normally ask the user how to handle certain corner
cases, such as how to handle an archive that only contains one
file. This option suppresses those questions; dtrx will instead
use sane, conservative defaults.
-l, -t, --list, --table
Don't extract the archives; just list their contents on standard
Extract the metadata from .deb and .gem archives, instead of
their normal contents.
Suppress warning messages. Listing this option twice will cause
dtrx to be silent.
Show the files that are being extracted. Listing this option
twice will cause dtrx to print debugging information.
--help Display basic help.
Display dtrx's version, copyright, and license information.
Brett Smith <email@example.com>
dtrx 6.5 is copyright © 2006-2009 Brett Smith and others. Feel free to
send comments, bug reports, patches, and so on. You can find the
latest version of dtrx on its home page at
dtrx is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under
the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free
Software Foundation; either version 3 of the License, or (at your
option) any later version.
This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but
WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU
General Public License for more details.
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