How do you tar a file in Linux?
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
tar --help
or man tar
for instructions on how to use tar.
tar -(options) tarfilename.tar /source/of/fileorfiles!

For the options type

man tar

that will tell you.  though -cvf would be enough to create a tar file.

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$ tar cvf filename.tar <file or directory>
Then it will create filename.tar for you.

$ tar tvf filename.tar
to see the content of a tar file

$ tar xvf filename.tar
to untar (unpack) the filename.tar


just keep in mind that tar by it self is without compresion !

to make files with compresion you can tar like this:

 $ tar cvzf filename.tar.gz <file or directory> or file
 $ tar cvjf filename.tar.bz2 <file or directory> or file
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