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"Do The Right eXtraction" - don't remember what set of tar flags or where to pipe the output to extract it? no worries!


pip install dtrx

dtrx yolo.tar.gz

This is a copy-paste of the original dtrx repo, and all credit for this software should be attributed to the original author, Brett Smith @brettcs:

See the original README for more details on what this does!

Changes in this repo

This repo contains some patches on top of the original source to enable using dtrx with python3. The original motivation was to enable dtrx on Ubuntu 20.04+, where the dtrx apt package was removed from the default ppas (likely due to being python2 only).

I attempted to get the tests all working via tox , for which I used a Dockerfile to try to get some kind of environment consistency. You can run the tests by running (requires Docker installed):




Contributions are gladly welcomed! Feel free to open a Pull Request with any changes.


When posting an issue, it can be very handy to provide any example files (for example, the archive that failed to extract) or reproduction steps so we can address the problem quickly.


Releases are tagged in this repo and published to The release process for maintainers is the below steps:

  1. update the version specifier:

    # update the VERSION value in dtrx/, then:
    ❯ git add dtrx/
    ❯ git commit  # fill in the commit message
  2. create an annotated tag for the release. usually good to put a list of new commits since the previous tag, for example by listing them with:

    ❯ git log $(git describe --tags --abbrev=0)..HEAD --oneline
    # create the annotated tag
    ❯ git tag -a <version number>

    be sure to push the tag, git push --tags.

  3. use the make publish-release command to build and publish to GitHub and PyPi

See the Makefile for details on what that rule does.

Invoke + Tests

There's some minimal helper scripts for pyinvoke under tasks/.

To bootstrap, run pip install -r requirements.txt, then inv --list to see available tasks:

❯ inv --list
Available tasks:

  build-docker                build docker image
  push-docker                 push docker image
  quick-test                  run quick tests in docker
  rst2man                     run rst2man in docker
  test-nonexistent-file-cmd   run
  tox                         run tox in docker
  windows                     just check that windows install fails. pulls a minimal wine docker image to test

To run the tests, run inv tox. Takes a couple of minutes to go through all the python versions.


Linting is provided by pre-commit. To use it, first install the pre-commit hook:

pip install pre-commit
pre-commit install

pre-commit will run anytime git commit runs (disable with --no-verify). You can manually run it with pre-commit run.


The tests in CI (and locally) can be run inside a Docker container, which provides all the tested python versions.

This image is defined at Dockerfile. It's pushed to the GitHub Container Registry so it can be managed by the dtrx-py organization on GitHub- Docker Hub charges for Organizations.

There are Invoke tasks for building + pushing the Docker image, which push both a :latest tag as well as a :2022-09-16 ISO8601 numbered tag. The tag can then be updated in the GitHub actions runner.

Note: there's a bit of complexity around how the image is used, because the dtrx tests need to run as a non-root user (there's one test that checks for error handling when the output directory is not accessible by the current user). To deal with this, there's an entrypoint script that switches user to a non-root user, but that still has read/write access to the mounted host volume (which is the cwd, intended for local development work). This is required on Linux, where it's nice to have the host+container UID+GUID matching, so any changes to the mounted host volume have the same permissions set.

In the GitHub actions runner, we need to run inside the same container (to have access to the correct python versions for testing), and the github action for checkout assumes it can write to somewhat arbitrary locations in the file system (basically root access). So we switch to the non-root user after checkout.


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