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cli-tarHow do I remove files using tar and gzip?

Using tar and gzip, you can remove files from an archive. The syntax to do so is tar -zvf <archive name> --delete <files to delete>. Here is an example:

tar -zvf archive.tar.gz --delete file1.txt

This command will delete the file file1.txt from the archive archive.tar.gz.

The parts of the command are as follows:

  • tar: the tar command
  • -zvf: tells tar to work with gzip-compressed archives
  • archive.tar.gz: the name of the archive
  • --delete: tells tar to delete the specified files
  • file1.txt: the name of the file to delete

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