Command Syntax: arcvpkgrestore

Copyright 2008 by Stephen Vermeulen
Last updated: 2008 Oct 12


This is part of a series of articles on backing up computers. The top page is Design for an Archiving Backup System.

This page describes the command line syntax of the program.


The program is a last-resort utility to restore data that is contained in a package file.

You might want to use this in the event that you have a package file which is not in your version database (perhaps it is from an earlier backup cycle). If this is the case the preferred approach is to build a small temporary version database using the command and then use either the or commands to extract the files you need. However, if you just want to quickly extract a copy of all the files in the package without worrying about the directory tree, then this command can be used.

One other limitation is that this command cannot restore a file that spans two package files. If this is the case you need to use the longer route of building a temporary version database as explained above.


The program does not get any configuration information from the config.ini file.

The full command syntax is:

arcvpkgrestore [-h] [-d dirname] [-f filename] -p package

where items in the square brackets are optional.

The only required parameter is the -p package which is the name of a single package file, the contents of which will be extracted to the current directory (unless the -d parameter is used).


The -h parameter will bring up a short syntax help prompt and then stop.

The -d parameter specifies the name of a directory that the contents of the package will be extracted to.

The -f parameter specifies the name of a single file within the package that is to be extracted. The name needs to be the full path name of the file (use the command to see these full names).

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