Using Gnutar to remove a list of files

Gerrit Holl gerrit at
Tue Oct 10 14:39:47 CEST 2006

On 2006-10-10 14:35:30 +0200, cmacn024 at wrote:
> Hi folks, I've got a question for yas.  I'm trying to write code that
> will open up a gzipped tar file using gnutar, and copy the list of
> files(including their directories) to a list variable in python.  From
> there, I want to go through the list and delete those files from my
> system.  That part is easy, but what I'm stuck on is getting the list
> of files in an archive into a list variable.  If I use the -t parameter
> in gnutar, it prints a list of the files in a seperate cmd screen, but
> only returns 0.  Is there any way to make it return a list, or to copy
> the information over?  Thanks in advance!

Use the commands module.
Or tarfile of course.


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