Tar-Untar – Zip/Unzip a directory and move to another user

How To Tar-Untar – Zip/Unzip a directory and move to another user

In Linux from the command line, you can tar-untar, or as most people will know zip and unzip a directory. This is useful if you want to move a WordPress site to a different account or. Let’s assume you want to move the whole public_html folder under the user test to a user on the same server that has the username transfer.

First, let’s get to the users home directory

cd /home/test

Then let’s tar/zip the public_html folder and place the file that’s created in the new users home directory

tar /home/test/public_html /home/transfer/

Once complete you can then move the new users home directory

cd /home/transfer

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List the directory contents

ls

You should see the public_html.tar.gz file in the directory. Let’s untar-unzip the file overwriting any files already in the directory

tar -xvf public_html.tar.gz

That account should now have an exact copy of the public_html folder from the user test.

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