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Archiving Files

A common file-management task used in conjunction with compression is archiving. Archiving is the process of gathering up many files and bundling them into a single large file. Archiving is often done as a part of system backups. It is also used when old data is moved from a system to some type of long-term storage.

tar—Tape Archiving Utility

In the Unix-like world of software, the tar program is the classic tool for archiving files. Its name, short for tape archive, reveals its roots as a tool for making backup tapes. While it is still used for that traditional task, it is equally adept on other storage devices. We often see filenames that end with the extension .tar or .tgz, which indicate a “plain” tar archive and a gzipped archive, ...

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