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cli-tarHow do I use the command line to tar and zip a file?

The command line can be used to tar and zip a file using the tar and gzip commands.

tar is used to create an archive of multiple files into a single file, while gzip is used to compress a single file.

For example, to tar and zip a file called myfile.txt, the following command can be used:

tar -czvf myfile.tar.gz myfile.txt

This command will create a tarball archive called myfile.tar.gz which contains the file myfile.txt and compress it using gzip.

The parts of the command are as follows:

  • tar: the tar command
  • -czvf: flags that specify the action to be taken, in this case c for create, z for gzip, v for verbose, and f for file
  • myfile.tar.gz: the name of the tarball archive to be created
  • myfile.txt: the file to be archived and compressed

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