Using GNU tar

Another tool that is quite useful but that I have to look up the syntax is GNU tar. In short:

To create an archive: tar -cvf files.tar fred joe simon will put the files fred, joe and simon into a tar file called files.tar.

To extract an archive tar -xvf files.tar will extract, tar -xf files.tar will extract them without telling you lots about it. Finally tar -zxf files.tar.gz will uncompress a gzipped file.

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