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Simple public domain .tar reader/writer.

Centar is a really simple to use single-file library for reading and writing .tar files.



Tar tar;
CENTAR_BOOL success = ctar_parse("path/to/file.tar", &tar);

It will return 0 on failure and 1 on success. ctar_parse() will parse all the file headers in the file and store them in a linked list.

You can enumerate over all the headers like so:

for (TarHeader* header = tar.header; header != NULL; header = header->next) {

After you're done using the tar archive, you can free it with ctar_free(&tar) To read data you can either use ctar_read(), which will allocate a block of memory using CENTAR_MALLOC and reads the data into it.

You can also use ctar_read_into() to read the data into a block of memory, make sure the block of memory is large enough to store the data.

To find a header, you can use ctar_find(), and to rename a file you can use ctar_rename().


To write a tar file you can do this:

FILE* out = ctar_begin_write("path/to/file.tar");

const char* some_data = "This is some text file that we're gonna write.";
ctar_write(out, "hello.txt", some_data, strlen(some_data));

If you want to export an existing Tar variable, you can use ctar_export(&tar, "path/to/file.tar");.

One thing to note is that you shouldn't export a tar file to the tar file that you opened. ctar_export() will read the original archive and then read each file into memory and write it to the new file.

Command-Line Tool

In the example programs there is a simple command-line tool.

Like the library it should be simple to use. (unlike the Linux `tar` command)

Command Description Arguments
-h --help Shows the help screen -
-c --create Creates a new archive files...
-a --add Adds files to the archive files...
-r --rename Renames a file file, new name
-d --delete Deletes files from the archive files...
-l --list Lists all files -
-e --extract Extracts files files...