The basic usage is:
To create a non-compressed archive file:
tar -cvvf [filename.tar] [what to compress]
To create a gzipped archive (compressed):
tar -zcvvf [filename.tar.gz] [what to compress]
.tar.gz is often abbreviated as .tgz
To create a bzipped archive (compressed, even smaller):
tar -zcvvf [filename.tar.bz2] [what to compress]
.tar.bz2 is often abbreviated as .tbz2
An non compressed tar file can be converted to a .tar.bz2 by:
It creates a file filename.tar.bz2 in the same folder
Joel G Mathew, known in tech circles by the pseudonym Droidzone, is an opensource and programming enthusiast.
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