Creating an archive file

To create an archive file use the command:

   tar cvf tarfile_name.tar filenames (directory_name)

The command options cvf modify the way the tar command works. See the manual page for details. By convention the name of a tarfile archive ends in .tar.

When you create a tarfile of a directory all the subdirectories are added; this can result in very large tarfiles. These should be compressed to reduce their size.

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