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SAMS Teach Yourself Unix in 10 Minutes by Robert Shimonski

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The tar Command

If you spend much time using Unix systems, you're bound to run into tar files. The tar command is a convenient and commonly used tool for personal archiving and distribution of files. It's imperative that you are familiar with tar if you are going to study Unix beyond the level of this book. As mentioned before, tar stands for Tape Archive, although this is used more often for standard packaging. It was originally designed for tape backup, but today can be used with other storage media.

What is packaging? Well, let's say you needed to send someone a program you created. You would most likely not just have one file, but multiple files. You may want to create a single file that basically encompasses all the rest of the files or ...

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