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Tar Class

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The Tar class implements a tar archive utility, compatible with the UNIX tar and untar utilities. The class supports the old v7 tar format. The class also implements gzip compression and can be used to create or decompress .tar.gz archives.




The interface is identical to that of the Zip class, and is the same whether gzip compression is used or not. In particular, the Compress method is used to create tar archives, even if actual compression is not used.

To create a new archive, first set the ArchiveFile property to the name of the archive to be created. Then, specify the files to be compressed either by invoking IncludeFiles, or by adding a new object to the Files collection and setting the values of the FilesDecompressedName and FilesCompressedName. fields. Finally, call the Compress method to create the archive.

To decompress an existing archive, set ArchiveFile to the name of the archive to be decompressed. The ExtractToPath property may be set, and then calling the ExtractAll method will decompress all files in the archive to this path.

For finer control, the Scan method should be used to read the file information stored in the archive. This will fill out the information in the Files collection. The values of FilesDecompressedName may then be changed if desired. Finally, ExtractAll may be used to decompress the entire archive, or Extract may be used for finer control.

Data may be streamed out by setting WriteToProgressEvent to true. Then, the Progress event may be trapped to retrieve the data.

tar.gz files may be created or extracted by setting the UseGzipCompression property to true. When Compress is invoked, this will cause all output to be streamed through a gzip compressor as it is written. When extracting or scanning the tar archive will automatically be decompressed and written temporarily to disk. Note that this might cause Scan, Extract, and ExtractAll to operate slowly without firing events.

.gz files may also be compressed or decompressed using the Gzip class.

Example (Creating a Tar File)

ZipControl.ArchiveFile = "c:\test.tar.gz"
ZipControl.RecurseSubdirectories = true
ZipControl.UseGzipCompression = true
Example (Extracting from a Tar File)

ZipControl.ArchiveFile = "c:\temp.tar"
ZipControl.UseGzipCompression = false
ZipControl.ExtractToPath = "c:\extracted\"

Property List

The following is the full list of the properties of the class with short descriptions. Click on the links for further details.

ArchiveFileThe name of the zip, gzip, tar, or jar archive.
ExcludedFilesA list of files to exclude.
ExtractToPathA base path to decompress to.
FilesCollection of Tar archive files.
OverwriteFilesWhether or not to overwrite files.
RecurseSubdirectoriesWhether or not to recurse into subdirectories.
TarData(Decompression only) The tar file contents as a byte array.
UseGzipCompressionWhether or not to use gzip compression.

Method List

The following is the full list of the methods of the class with short descriptions. Click on the links for further details.

AbortAborts the current operation.
AppendAdds a file to an existing archive.
CompressCreates the compressed archive.
ConfigSets or retrieves a configuration setting.
DeleteDeletes one or more files from an existing archive.
ExtractExtracts a single file, directory, or group of files, from the archive.
ExtractAllExtracts all files from the compressed archive.
IncludeFilesSpecifies that the indicated files should be added to the archive.
ResetResets the class.
ScanScans the compressed archive.

Event List

The following is the full list of the events fired by the class with short descriptions. Click on the links for further details.

BeginFileFired before each file is processed.
EndFileFired after each file is processed.
ErrorInformation about non-fatal errors.
OverwriteFired whenever a file exists and may be overwritten.
ProgressFired as progress is made.

Configuration Settings

The following is a list of configuration settings for the class with short descriptions. Click on the links for further details.

CheckForFileLocksIf true, the class requests an exclusive lock during initialization.
CompressionLevelThe level of compression to use when Gzip compression is enabled.
ExcludedAttributesAttributes of files to be excluded.
ExtractFilesOnlyWhether to only extract the files contained within the archive.
ExtraNullBytesExtra null bytes to append to the end of the file.
OverwriteReadonlyFilesWhether to overwrite readonly files.
PreserveModifiedTimeWhether or not to preserve the original modified time on extracted files.
SetFilePermissionsWhether to set UNIX file permissions.
SymlinkActionThat action to take when a symlink is encountered.
TempPathThe location where temporary files are created.
WriteToProgressEventWhether or not to write data to the Progress Event.
BuildInfoInformation about the product's build.
CodePageThe system code page used for Unicode to Multibyte translations.
LicenseInfoInformation about the current license.
UseInternalSecurityAPITells the class whether or not to use the system security libraries or an internal implementation.

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