tar - tape archiver
tar [Fcotvxp] [f] tarfile file ...
F Force tar to continue after an error
c Create a new archive; add named files
o Set uid/gid to original values on extraction
f Next argument is name of tarfile
t Print a table listing the archive's contents
v Verbose mode-tell what is going on as it happens
x The named files are extracted from the archive
p Restore file modes, ignore creation mask
D Directory only, do not recurse
tar c /dev/fd1 . # Back up current directory to /dev/fd1
tar xv /dev/fd1 file1 file2
# Extract two files from the archive
tar cf - | (cd dest; tar xf -)
# Copy current directory to dest
Tar is a POSIX-compatible archiver, except that it does not use tape.
It's primary advantage over ar is that the tar format is somewhat more
standardized than the ar format, making it theoretically possible to
transport MINIX files to another computer, but do not bet on it. If the
target machine runs MS-DOS , try doswrite .