Linux: tar Extract Files

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How can I extract or uncompress a file from tar ball downloaded from the Internet under Linux using bash command prompt?

UNIX Cat All Files In A Directory

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How do I combine all text files in a directory into a single file and ftp that file to another server?

Tar Extract a Single File(s) From a Large Tarball

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Q. I’ve couple of large tarballs such as www.tar and images.tar. Is it possible to extract a single file or a list of files from a large tarball such as images.tar instead of extracting the entire tarball? How do I extract specific files under Linux / UNIX operating systems?