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compress and decompress

I need to compress 50 files from /home/pictures
and then extract them in /home/pictures2
but pictures2 has some files so I dont want to overwrite them!
how can I do this ?
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cd /home/pictures
tar -cf - * | gzip -c > all_files.tar.gz
cd /home/pictures2
gunzip -c all_files.tar.gz | tar -k -xf -

You might be able to do this in single command if you don't want to compress

tar -cf - -C /home/pictures . | tar -k -xpf - -C /home/pictures2

Always test on a smaller test directory before running it on real one.
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