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4 Archiving Tools for Linux Server Admins

Oct 11, 2010, 21:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Juliet Kemp)

"The reliable old Linux/Unix archiving standbys are still relevant to the contemporary Linux server admin; they are fast, reliable, flexible, and script-able tar

"tar has been around approximately forever. It wraps up a set of files into one single larger achive (making them easier to share with other people), but it does no compression, so it doesn't save space. The tar command does, however, support command-line options for dealing seamlessly with tar archives compressed with either gzip or bzip2 (see below).

"When tar creates an archive, it concatenates the files, each with a file header containing metadata: the file name, owner, permissions, and any link information. The metadata is in ASCII for portability. The archive will therefore transfer all of this file information along with the file data."

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