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cli-tarHow do I compress a tar file using gzip?

Compressing a tar file using gzip is a two-step process. First, you must create a tar file and then compress it using gzip.

To create a tar file, use the following command:

tar -cvf name_of_archive.tar /path/to/files

This command will create an archive named name_of_archive.tar in the current directory containing all of the files and directories located in /path/to/files.

To compress the tar file using gzip, use the following command:

gzip name_of_archive.tar

This will create a compressed version of the tar file, named name_of_archive.tar.gz.

Parts of the command:

  • tar - The tar command is used to create, maintain, and modify archives.
  • -cvf - These flags are used to create a tar archive.
  • name_of_archive.tar - This is the name of the tar archive that will be created.
  • /path/to/files - This is the path to the directory containing the files that will be archived.
  • gzip - The gzip command is used to compress and decompress files.
  • name_of_archive.tar.gz - This is the name of the compressed tar file that will be created.

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