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dtrx - cleanly extract many archive types




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

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

$ dtrx coreutils-5.*.tar.gz


dtrx supports a number of options to mandate specific behavior:

-r, --recursive
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.

--one, --one-entry
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.

-o, --overwrite
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.

-f, --flat
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.

-n, --noninteractive
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 output.

-m, --metadata
Extract the metadata from .deb and .gem archives, instead of their normal contents.

-q, --quiet
Suppress warning messages. Listing this option twice will cause dtrx to be silent.

-v, --verbose
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.

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