How to recover a server from a tar file

Posted by Mitch on Server Fault See other posts from Server Fault or by Mitch
Published on 2010-06-10T15:33:43Z Indexed on 2010/06/10 15:43 UTC
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In moodle the LMS you can export courses, as a tar.gz, some one said they were going to give me such a thing. I was suprised by the 6 gb size. I was even more suprised when I extracted it, and found the root directory to be the root of the server. The person giving me the course instead of exporting must have just tarred the entire server!!

How should I go about recovering this? Is there anyway to start this up in a virtual machine? I have a whole linux server, what to do? I could probably just hand pick the data files I need, but how to access a mysql database with out running mysql?

I am so stumped!

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