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cli-tarHow can I use tar commands to zip a file?

The tar command is a useful tool for zipping and unzipping files. It can be used to compress a single file or multiple files into a single archive. To zip a file with the tar command, use the following syntax:

tar -zcvf <archive_name.tar.gz> <file_name>

This command creates a compressed archive file, named archive_name.tar.gz, containing the file file_name.

The flags used in the command are:

  • -z: Compress the archive using gzip.
  • -c: Create a new archive.
  • -v: Verbosely list files which are processed.
  • -f: Use the archive file specified by the given name.

For example, to compress the file example.txt into an archive named example.tar.gz, use the following command:

tar -zcvf example.tar.gz example.txt

This will create the archive example.tar.gz containing the file example.txt.

For more information about the tar command, see the GNU Tar Manual.

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