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cli-tarHow do I tar a directory in Unix?

To tar a directory in Unix, use the tar command. The syntax for the command is tar -cvf <name of tar file>.tar <name of directory>. This command will create a tar file of the given directory.

For example:

tar -cvf my_directory.tar my_directory

This command will create a tar file called my_directory.tar with the contents of the directory my_directory.

The parts of the command are as follows:

  • tar - the tar command
  • -cvf - flags for the tar command, which stands for create, verbose, and file
  • my_directory.tar - the name of the tar file to be created
  • my_directory - the name of the directory to be tarred

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