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Create a tar.gz in a single command

Terminal - Create a tar.gz in a single command
tar cvf - foodir | gzip > foo.tar.gz
2009-05-19 11:33:51
User: sharfah
Functions: gzip tar
-8
Create a tar.gz in a single command

Where foodir is the directory you want to zip up.

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If you are using GNU tar (which most systems have these days), you can say instead:

tar cvzf foo.tar.gz foodir
Comment by zzamboni 287 weeks and 6 days ago

'v' enables verbose out and is not necessary for the command to function. 'f' states that the output is to go to a file that then is set to '-' (stdout) making tar write its output to stdout which is the default behavior without both 'f' and '-'.

tar c foodir | gzip > foo.tar.gz

is all you need.

Comment by penpen 287 weeks and 5 days ago

Most systems? This applies only to Linux. Solaris, HPUX and AIX wil not have the gnu tar in most of the times. The command is pretty sweet. +1

Comment by Kaio 198 weeks and 2 days ago

While the v and f are unnecessary, most older UNIX systems without a new GNU tar require this handoff via pipe to gzip.

Command should be as penpen state with the only modification being for if a compression ratio is required such as:

tar c $DIRNAME | gzip -[1-9] > $FILENAME.tar.gz
Comment by taco_supremist 141 weeks and 4 days ago

While the v and f are unnecessary, most older UNIX systems without a new GNU tar require this handoff via pipe to gzip.

Command should be as penpen state with the only modification being for if a compression ratio is required such as:

tar c $DIRNAME | gzip -[1-9] > $FILENAME.tar.gz
Comment by taco_supremist 141 weeks and 4 days ago

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