How to Tar and Un-tar files in Golang
Go makes taring and un-taring files very easy with the following standard libraries:
Taring files in Golang
source is passed into
Tar, along with multiple
io.Writer’s. After ensuring the
source exists, it is walked recursively, creating a tar header for all files and directories, however only files are opened and their contents copied over.
You may need to modify the
header.Name in a way that will get the desired file structure when un-tarring (as I’ve done here).
If during the tarring process, headers are not added for directories, the un-tarring process wont work quite right. The idea here is that the tarring process should function the same as an OS’s tar method so that these files can be un-tarred correctly.
Un-taring files in Golang
The example here creates a
tar.Reader and then fires up a for loop.
The first thing the loop does is advance the archive by getting the next header (exiting the loop on
io.EOF). Each header is checked to see if it is for a file or a directory by switching on the
If it’s a
tar.TypeDir, and it doesn’t already exist, it is created with
tar.TypeReg, the file is created (ensuring to give it the same file permissions it had when tarred), and then the contends of the archive are copied into the new file, then rinse-and-repeat…