I never quite remember it – extracting a specific file from tar archive

I always forget, and this blog is meant to help me remember. Found in Tar’s manual, are these simple directives: Have a file called file.tar, do: tar -xf file.tar full/path/without/trailing/slashes It can be a file or directory. You can have a list of files, such: tar -xf file.tar home/me home/you home/us/important-file Should do the trick.