How to use gzip with tar?
Add option z to the tar command when dealing with tar.gz compressed file.
# tar cvfz /tmp/my_home_directory.tar.gz /home/jsmith # tar xvfz /tmp/my_home_directory.tar.gz # tar tvfz /tmp/my_home_directory.tar.gz
Note: Using gzip is faster when compared to bzip2.
How to use bzip2 with tar?
Add option j to the tar command when dealing with tar.bz2 compressed file.
# tar cvfj /tmp/my_home_directory.tar.bz2 /home/jsmith # tar xvfj /tmp/my_home_directory.tar.bz2 # tar tvfj /tmp/my_home_directory.tar.bz2
Note: Using bizp2 gives higher level of compression when compared to gzip.