detecting the size of a tarball

Sergey 'DoubleF' Zaharchenko doublef at
Wed Nov 5 04:44:44 PST 2003

On Tue, 04 Nov 2003 16:10:08 -0700 David Bear <David.Bear at> probably wrote:

> I have a 100 mg zip drive that I'm writing to as a raw device -- no
> file system -- just 'tar cvf /dev/afd0 stuff'.  I am curious if there
> is a way to find out how big the tarball is on this kind of thing.
> I'm guessing maybe some kind of seek to EOF but not sure how it might
> be accomplished.  any idea's?

What about "tar cvf - stuff|dd of=/dev/afd0"? dd will tell you how much
has been copied.

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