Join Scott Simpson for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with tar archives, part of Learning Linux Command Line.
- [Voiceover] In the early days of computer systems…and still to a very large extent today,…data that needed to be archived for safe keeping…was recorded to back-up tapes and stored…in a closet or basement,…or hopefully in a more secure and suitable location.…You can't just copy a bunch of folders on to a tape system…as you can with disks.…It needs to be somewhat more organised and sequential.…The way to do that is to put all of the files into a single…file that can be laid down onto the tape.…These single files that contain a whole bunch of files…turned out to be very handy for distributing software…over the internet,…where you want your downloader to only have one thing…to go get, rather than a whole handful of…individual files.…
Tar files, short for tape archive files, are still…incredibly common for software distribution…across Linux and Mac OS 10.…Tar files, unlike zip files, don't offer compression…themselves, but there are ways to incorporate…compression into a tar file,…which you may see as you explore different…
This course will establish the foundation for more advanced Linux topics. Find other Linux training courses here.
- What is the Linux command line?
- Writing Linux commands at the prompt
- Finding help for Linux commands
- Editing files and folders
- Configuring user roles and file permissions
- Using pipes to connect commands
- Peeking at files
- Searching and editing text
- Finding disk and system information
- Installing and updating software