Concatenate, Deflate, Inflate files


Deflate / Inflate / Concatenate

# Deflate / Compress
tar -czf archive.tar.gz /path/files
# Inflate / Uncompress
tar -xzf archive.tar.gz
# Concatenate files into a single tar
tar -cf archive.tar /path/files
# Extract file to a defined directory
tar -xzf archive.tar.gz -C /target/directory
# Append a file to an existing archive
tar -zu archive.tar.gz -C /target/file

Common options

Option Description
z compress with gzip
c create an archive
u append files which are newer than the corresponding copy ibn the archive
f filename of the archive
v verbose, display what is inflated or deflated
a unlike of z, determine compression based on file extension
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