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Intelligently extract many archive types

'dtrx' intelligently extracts many different archive types. It will get the contents from tar, zip, rpm, deb, and cpio archives, as well as compressed files, with one simple command. It helps keep your filesystem sane by putting every file's contents into a dedicated directory, and making sure the owner can read and write whatever's extracted. It can even recursively extract archives.

To use dtrx you'll need the usual tools for the archive types you want to extract: for example, if you're extracting zip files, you'll need zipinfo and unzip. See the INSTALL file included with dtrx for a complete list.


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GPLv3arca08 September 2012

Leaders and contributors

Brett Smith Maintainer

Resources and communication

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Bug Tracking E-mail
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Software prerequisites

Kind Description
Weak prerequisite unzip
Weak prerequisite tar
Weak prerequisite zipinfo
Weak prerequisite gzip
Weak prerequisite ar
Weak prerequisite bzip2
Weak prerequisite xzcat
Weak prerequisite cpio
Weak prerequisite lha
Weak prerequisite rpm2cpio

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 8 September 2012.


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