The command tar ztf /usr/local/src/ports.tar.gz
produces a table of contents just like the man page says it should. The man page also says that individual files can be recovered or listed but I haven't gotten that to work at all. if I try: $ tar zt ports/print/pstotext/ /usr/local/src/ports.tar.gz tar (child): /dev/sa0: Cannot open: Permission denied tar (child): Error is not recoverable: exiting now gzip: stdin: unexpected end of file tar: Child returned status 2 tar: ports/print/pstotext: Not found in archive tar: /usr/local/src/ports.tar.gz: Not found in archive tar: Error exit delayed from previous errors In the successful test, tar obviously knew which specification was the archive and was able to uncompress it with the z flag. The file specification I am attempting to recover from the archive throws tar completely off. I looked in the handbook and all the examples I found were the more usual procedure of unpacking whole file systems as in tar zxf somedir/archive.tar.gz I'm not having trouble with that use of tar. Thank you. Martin McCormick WB5AGZ Stillwater, OK OSU Information Technology Division Network Operations Group _______________________________________________ [EMAIL PROTECTED] mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"