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Linux Recipes for Oracle DBAs by Charles Kim, Bernard Lopuz, Darl Kuhn

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Chapter 6. Archiving and Compressing Files

Most people who work with computers realize that the task of copying many files from one location to another is much easier if you can first bundle together the files and copy them as a single unit. This is especially true when copying hundreds or thousands of files from one location to another. For example, in a Windows environment, if you have hundreds of files in a folder, it's fairly easy to click and drag the folder (that contains the files) and copy it to a different location. This copy task would be time-consuming and error-prone if you individually copied each file within the folder.

In Linux, tar, cpio, and zip are utilities that DBAs often use to group files together into one file (like a Windows ...

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