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GNU tar 1.15.90

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GNU tar: an archiver tool

This manual is for GNU tar (version 1.15.90, 19 February 2006), which creates and extracts files from archives.

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The first part of this master menu lists the major nodes in this Info document. The rest of the menu lists all the lower level nodes.


--- The Detailed Node Listing ---


Tutorial Introduction to tar

Two Frequently Used Options

How to Create Archives

How to List Archives

How to Extract Members from an Archive

Invoking GNU tar

The Three Option Styles

All tar Options

GNU tar Operations

Advanced GNU tar Operations

How to Add Files to Existing Archives: --append

Updating an Archive

Options Used by --create

Options Used by --extract

Options to Help Read Archives

Changing How tar Writes Files

Coping with Scarce Resources

Performing Backups and Restoring Files

Setting Parameters for Backups and Restoration

Choosing Files and Names for tar

Reading Names from a File

Excluding Some Files

Crossing File System Boundaries

Date input formats

Controlling the Archive Format

Making tar Archives More Portable

Using Less Space through Compression

Tapes and Other Archive Media


Many Archives on One Tape

Using Multiple Tapes

GNU tar internals and development

Copying This Manual

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