[kdepim-users] 20090723KP -- Copying KMail

Thomas Olsen tanghus at gmail.com
Fri Jul 24 07:52:56 BST 2009

Hi Bruce

On Friday 24 July 2009 07:49:03 Bruce MacArthur wrote:
> Hello Thomas --
> First, I understand that English (which is NOT a simple language!) is
> not your first language, as it is mine.  

You are absolutely right :-) I barely grasp Danish grammar so English...

> So let me state my assumption
> that this means, "When you were executing the (cvjf) command, are you
> sure that you were in your home directory on the openSUSE partition?"
> At first, I was in "/home/bruce/", which means that "/.kde/share..." was
> immediately visible.  Since then, I have tried it from "/home/" with
> identical results (I think!).  Since I have not actually been able to
> study the mails.tar.bz2 files, I cannot determine whether or not they
> are identical; I could see no difference as file-names are displayed on
> the monitor!

You should execute it from /home/bruce and AFAIRC you can list the files in the 
archive by "tar -jtf mails.tar.bz".

> > Secondly: When you where executing the "tar  -xvjf  mails.tar.bz2"
> > command where sure that you where in your home directory on the
> > Jaunty partition AND that the mails.tar.bz2 package was there too (ls
> > -l mails.tar.bz2)?
> At first, I thought that I needed to go to the Jaunty "/home/bu4lu3si1/"
> folder by reason that this is where I would want to have the data
> appear.  I received the diagnostics cited.  Then it occurred to me that
> perhaps I needed to stay in the folder where the mails.tar.bz2 file is
> most likely to be located -- and I received the very same diagnostics!

If this is your home directory on the Jaunty partition, then yes. 

> > >      tar:   mails.tar.bz2: Cannot open: No such file or directory
> > >      tar:   Error is not recoverable: exiting now
> > >      tar;   Child returned status 2
> > >      tar:   Error exit delayed from previous errors
> >
> > This indicates that the file is not in the same directory as you.
> I agree.  But I do not see the logic of having the very same
> diagnostics, regardless of whether I do or do not change
> folder/directory!  Should I qualify the file-name somehow?  If so, then
> how should I qualify it?  THANK YOU for a couple of good questions!

The "f" in "xvjf" is where you qualify the filename if I understand you 
correctly. (And as I mentioned "ls -l mails.tar.bz2" to make sure this is 
where the file is.)

So basically "tar -xvjf  mails.tar.bz2" means

- "x" - extract
- "v" - be verbose during extraction (list the files being extracted)
- "j" - filter through the bzip2 compression tool
- "f" - the file to extract is named mails.tar.bz2

"tar --help" is your friend :-)

BTW: Are sure "/home/bu4lu3si1/" is mounted while you are extracting the file? 
Otherwise it's just an empty directory.

Best Regards / Med venlig hilsen

  Thomas Olsen

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