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Tar, including some example commands.

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tar zxvf file.tar.gz

(or sometimes with the "-")

man page (on the Internet)

Need a mnemonic for zxvf:

  • z = ungzip (or gzip)
  • x = extract
  • v = verbose
  • f = from the man page: "use archive file or device F (default /dev/rmt0)" ??

"zip extract verbose file" ?? or, pronounce it "zevf", or ??

Oops, but the first argument must be one of "Acdrtux", so it might need to be xvfz? -- and I forget when to use the dash and when not to.


gunzip -d filename.tar.gz

(note that the above leaves the zip file intact, as opposed to unzip); followed by

tar -xvf filename.tar


tar cf <archive name> <files to archive>

(sometimes with the "-"?)

(Remember that "*" works as a wildcard in Linux (at least in some cases.)

gzip <archive name>.tar

(The archive name becomes <archive name>.tar.gz.)

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Backup and Restore

From a post to Blt-newuser@basiclinuxPLEASENOSPAM.net by Kevin Coyner <kevin@rustybear.com> on 25 Oct 2002:

(cd /src/dir; tar cf - . ) | (cd /dst/dir; tar xvfp - )

This works great as it moves a complete directory, dot files and sub-directories and all. Also keeps proper ownership and timestamps.



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