tar [key] [name ...]where key is specified by a plethora of options (see abridged list below and unabridged list in the man pages) and name is either the file name or device name.
Here are some of the more commonly used keys:
c Creates a new tape. f Used for taring to a tape. t Lists the contents of a tar file. v Turns verbose on. x Extracts selected files. If no file argument is given, the entire contents of the tar file is extracted.Here is the syntax I use to create and read tar files:
tar cvf filename.tar directoryname <-- creates tar xvf filename.tar directoryname <-- readsIf you wish to create or read a tar file off of a magnetic tape, replace filename.tar with /dev/drivename.
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