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Starting File

-K name

Starts an operation in the middle of an archive. Use in conjunction with ‘--extract’ (‘--get’, ‘-x’) or ‘--list’ (‘-t’).

If a previous attempt to extract files failed due to lack of disk space, you can use ‘--starting-file=name’ (‘-K name’) to start extracting only after member name of the archive. This assumes, of course, that there is now free space, or that you are now extracting into a different file system. (You could also choose to suspend tar, remove unnecessary files from the file system, and then resume the same tar operation. In this case, ‘--starting-file’ is not necessary.) See also Asking for Confirmation During Operations, and Excluding Some Files.

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