tar is a command-line program that creates and manipulates archive files. Files with a .tar extension are sometimes called tarballs as they provide a way to combine multiple files into a single binary file.

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Can I safely backup my system by simply tarring things?

Of course, the recommended method of backing up an OSX machine is to use Time Machine. But let's say that, for whatever reason, I'm deadset on doing it myself. If I simply tar up things I care about ...
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Why is extracting this tgz throwing an error on my Mac but not on Linux?

I'm experiencing a rather odd problem, and I can't figure out what's going on. I have a tgz file, scip-3.2.0.tgz, that is throwing an error when I attempt to unpack it. The error is only occurring on ...
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Does OSX 10.10.4 support LZMA compression at the individual file level (not tar files)?

From the command line, I would like to compress some database dumps using the LZMA algorithm. And, OSX adds XZ support (written in October of last year), claims " It turns out the XZ support in OS X ...
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How do I create a Folder Action Script to tar items dropped in folder?

I would like to drop/copy files/folders and have them compressed then copied to my desktop. This is what I know so far... and it isn't much so any help would be appreciated. on adding folder items to ...
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prevent doubleapple files creation when tarring directories (Snow Leopard)

I'm looking how to prevent tar from saving or creating .AppleDouble shadow files and preferably do it in an automated manner. There are a few questions asking why this happens, but I want a solution ...
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Child process exited with status 254 error when extracting a tar.xz file

I'm trying to extract a tar.xz file with tar in Mac OS X Lion. I'm using bsdtar 2.8.3 - libarchive 2.8.3. I'm able to use tar to extract anything else I've tried (.zip, .tar, .tar.gz, etc.), but when ...
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Why doesn't tar recognize .iso files, even though the documentation says it should?

man tar says that OS X's tar implementation should be able to extract .iso files. tar creates and manipulates streaming archive files. This implementation can extract from tar, pax, cpio, zip, ...
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Will setting a cron job to delete ._ shadow files on a linux share work?

I recently tarred up a directory to send to a remote linux system. When I untarred it, there were ._ files tossed into the target directory. I did a search and found articles of people being ...
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Bug with regards to .tar.gz in Chrome when 'Asking where to save downloads'

Every time I try to download or save a .tar.gz file, I get something like this: The popup is simply wrong, I've used the right .tar.gz extension. Clicking on Use .gz saves the file as .tar.gz, and ...
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Not able to extract any .gz or .tar file (Mac OS X 10.5.8)

I have Mac OS X 10.5.8. I am not able to extract .tar or .tgz files with any of the extractor utilities (Mac OS Default Archiver or WinZip or 7zip or any other, I have tried almost all possible). ...