tar tool, the bewhiskered old man of archiving utilities, is installed by default. It is an excellent tool for saving entire directories full of files. For example, here is the command used to back up the
matthew@seymour:~$ sudo tar cvf etc.tar /etc
Here, the options use
tar to create an archive, be verbose in the message output, and use the filename
etc.tar as the archive name for the contents of the directory
Alternatively, if the output of
tar is sent to the standard output and redirected to a file, the command appears as follows:
matthew@seymour:~$ sudo tar cv /etc > etc.tar
The result is the same.
All files in the
/etc directory ...