Create a tar.gz in a single command

tar cvf - foodir | gzip > foo.tar.gz
Where foodir is the directory you want to zip up.

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By: sharfah
2009-05-19 11:33:51

What Others Think

If you are using GNU tar (which most systems have these days), you can say instead: tar cvzf foo.tar.gz foodir
zzamboni · 499 weeks and 2 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.
penpen · 499 weeks and 2 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
Kaio · 409 weeks and 6 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
taco_supremist · 353 weeks 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
taco_supremist · 353 weeks ago

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