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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How would I find out what version of tar ships with 10.6?

I no longer have my mac but I have a bunch of tar files that I made on 10.6. On debian I couldn't open these with the shipped tar, I had error messages that indicated it was made with an earlier ...
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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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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). ...
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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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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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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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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 ...