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tar
Last modified: Tuesday, March 12, 2002 

(1) Short for tape archive, a UNIX utility that combines a group of files into a single file. The resulting file has a .tar extension.

The tar command does not compress files. Frequently, therefore, a tar file is compressed with the compress or gzip commands to create a file with a .tar.gz or .tar.Z extension. These are comparable to files that have been compressed with PKZIP on a PC platform. Most PC compression utilities, including PKZIP, can open (untar) a tar file.

(2)(v) To combine files with the tar command.

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Creating a UNIX tape archive
Instructions for using the tar command in UNIX. Includes tips and examples.

Using TAR
Briefly explains how to use the tar command to compress or decompress archives.

Yahoo!'s archiving and compression utilities for UNIX page
Yahoo!'s directory of links to shareware, resources, and utilities for data archiving and compression for UNIX systems.

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