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Using cpio

Expert Oracle Tips by Burleson Consulting

March 22, 2012

Using cpio

While I do not recommend cpio for creating backups or moving files between systems, it may be found that software that has been downloaded is delivered in .cpio files.  For quite some time Oracle delivered their software in this format, so it is important to be able to extract these files.

Unlike many other utilities, cpio reads data from standard input.  To extract data from a .cpio file, redirect the file contents into the cpio command using the < character.  The flags idmv tell cpio to extract data, create directories if they do not exist, preserve file and directory modification times, and print verbose output.

$ cpio -idmv < disk1.cpio

Using zip and unzip to Compress and Uncompress Files

Software is frequently delivered in zip filessince extraction utilities are available on just about every modern operating system.  Zip files can be easily extracted using the unzip command, providing only a file name as an argument.

$ unzip 10201_database_linux32.zip

Archive:  10201_database_linux32.zip
   creating: database/
   creating: database/doc/
   creating: database/doc/dcommon/
   creating: database/doc/dcommon/css/
  inflating: database/doc/dcommon/css/blafdoc.css 
  inflating: database/doc/dcommon/css/darbbook.css 
  inflating: database/doc/dcommon/css/darbbook.css~ 
  inflating: database/doc/dcommon/css/doccd.css 
   creating: database/doc/dcommon/gifs/
  inflating: database/doc/dcommon/gifs/bookbig.gif 
  inflating: database/doc/dcommon/gifs/bookicon.gif 
...

The unzip commandprints a list of directories created and files extracted from the source file.

Creating a zip file is similar to creating a tar file,but no options are needed.  A destination file name is given as the first argument, then the files to be added to the zip file can be given in one or more additional arguments.

$ zip oracle_profile.zip oracle_profile
 
adding: oracle_profile (deflated 15%)
$ ls

devl  emrep  oracle_profile  oracle_profile.zip  orcl  TEST

Note that unlike on Windows, the original file is not deleted when a zip file is created.  If space needs to be saved, go back and delete the original.

To create a zip file with the contents of a directory, use the -r (recursive) option.

$ zip -r devl_admin_dir.zip devl
    adding: devl/ (stored 0%)
  adding: devl/dpdump/ (stored 0%)
  adding: devl/dpdump/dp.log (deflated 16%)
  adding: devl/pfile/ (stored 0%)
  adding: devl/pfile/init.ora.22201013228 (deflated 71%)
  adding: devl/adump/ (stored 0%)
...

When this zip file is extracted, the directory structure and files are recreated.

Using gzip and gunzip to Compress and Uncompress Files

The gzipcompression format has become one of the most broadly accepted formats thanks to its very good compression algorithm and fast performance.  To compress a file, use gzip with the file name as an argument.

$ gzip notes_chapter1.txt
$ ls -l

total 48
drwxr-xr-x 2 jemmons jemmons 4096 Sep 16 13:19 Desktop
drwxrwxr-x 2 jemmons jemmons 4096 Jan 17 13:17 notes
-rw-rw-rw- 1 jemmons jemmons  589 Jan 17 07:46
notes_chapter1.txt.gz
-rw-rw-r-- 1 jemmons jemmons 1525 Jan 17 13:07 notes.tar.gz
drwxrwxr-x 2 jemmons jemmons 4096 Jan 17 11:18 old_notes
drwxr-xr-x 2 jemmons jemmons 4096 Nov  8 08:37 scripts

Unlike tar, gzip removes the original file after creating the compressed version.  The .gz file name extension is also automatically added to the file name.  To uncompress a gzip file, the gunzip commandis used with the file name as an argument.

$ gunzip notes_chapter1.txt.gz
$ ls -l

total 48
drwxr-xr-x 2 jemmons jemmons 4096 Sep 16 13:19 Desktop
drwxrwxr-x 2 jemmons jemmons 4096 Jan 17 13:17 notes
-rw-rw-rw- 1 jemmons jemmons 1027 Jan 17 07:46 notes_chapter1.txt
-rw-rw-r-- 1 jemmons jemmons 1525 Jan 17 13:07 notes.tar.gz
drwxrwxr-x 2 jemmons jemmons 4096 Jan 17 11:18 old_notes
drwxr-xr-x 2 jemmons jemmons 4096 Nov  8 08:37 scripts

Again, the compressed version of the file is removed after it is uncompressed.

Getting Rid of the Wrong New Line Characters

If you have worked with other UNIX platforms or older versions of Linux, you have probably seen files where each new line was accompanied by the characters ^M.  These come from the file being created or transferred to a Windows or older Macintosh system where the new line characters are represented differently.  RHEL5 and some of its UNIX contemporaries now display or at least hide these characters properly, but they are still there and may occasionally give some trouble with applications that are not prepared to handle them.

For that reason, there is a utility to convert files from the Windows format to what UNIX expects.  Since RHEL5 displays files correctly regardless of the file format, use the file command to identify the Windows formatted files.  If the file command returns a format 'with CRLF line terminators', there are Windows-style new lines.  In that case, use the dos2unix command to convert them.

$ file hosts.txt

hosts.txt: ASCII English text, with CRLF line terminators

$ dos2unix hosts.txt

dos2unix: converting file hosts.txt to UNIX format ...

$ file hosts.txt

hosts.txt: ASCII English text

Similarly, when copying files from a Linux system to a Windows system, it may be found that everything displays on a single line in some editors, especially Notepad.  To avoid this, use a similar utility called unix2dos.  This accomplishes the opposite result, adding the new line characters Windows will expect.

 

 

 
 
 
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