Hack 49. Combine gzip, bzip2 with tar

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.

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