Skip site navigation (1)Skip section navigation (2)

FreeBSD Man Pages

Man Page or Keyword Search:
Man Architecture
Apropos Keyword Search (all sections) Output format
home | help
TAR(1)									TAR(1)

NAME
       tar - The GNU version of	the tar	archiving utility

SYNOPSIS
       tar  [ -	] A --catenate --concatenate | c --create | d --diff --compare
       | r --append | t	--list | u --update | x	-extract --get [  --atime-pre-
       serve  ]	 [  -b,	 --block-size  N  ]  [	-B, --read-full-blocks ] [ -C,
       --directory DIR ] [ --checkpoint	   ] [ -f,  --file  [HOSTNAME:]F  ]  [
       --force-local	]  [ -F, --info-script F --new-volume-script F ] [ -G,
       --incremental ] [ -g, --listed-incremental F ] [	-h, --dereference ]  [
       -i,  --ignore-zeros ] [ -j, -I, --bzip ]	[ --ignore-failed-read ] [ -k,
       --keep-old-files	] [ -K,	--starting-file	F ] [ -l, --one-file-system  ]
       [  -L, --tape-length N ]	[ -m, --modification-time ] [ -M, --multi-vol-
       ume ] [ -N, --after-date	DATE, --newer  DATE  ]	[  -o,	--old-archive,
       --portability  ]	 [  -O,	--to-stdout ] [	-p, --same-permissions,	--pre-
       serve-permissions ] [ -P, --absolute-paths ] [ --preserve      ]	[  -R,
       --record-number	]  [  --remove-files ] [ -s, --same-order, --preserve-
       order ] [ --same-owner ]	[ -S, --sparse ]  [  -T,  --files-from=F  ]  [
       --null	   ]  [	 --totals   ] [	-v, --verbose ]	[ -V, --label NAME ] [
       --version  ] [ -w, --interactive, --confirmation	] [ -W,	--verify     ]
       [  --exclude  FILE  ]  [	 -X,  --exclude-from  FILE ] [ -Z, --compress,
       --uncompress ] [	-z, --gzip, --ungzip	  ]  [	--use-compress-program
       PROG ] [	--block-compress ] [ -[0-7][lmh]     ]

       filename1 [ filename2, ... filenameN ]

       directory1 [ directory2,	...directoryN ]

DESCRIPTION
       This  manual  page documents the	GNU version of tar , an	archiving pro-
       gram designed to	store and extract files	from an	archive	file known  as
       a  tarfile.  A tarfile may be made on a tape drive, however, it is also
       common to write a tarfile to a normal file.  The	first argument to  tar
       must  be	 one  of  the options: Acdrtux,	followed by any	optional func-
       tions.  The final arguments to tar are the names	of the files or	direc-
       tories  which  should  be  archived. The	use of a directory name	always
       implies that the	subdirectories below should be	included  in  the  ar-
       chive.

FUNCTION LETTERS
       One of the following options must be used:

       -A, --catenate, --concatenate
	      append tar files to an archive

       -c, --create
	      create a new archive

       -d, --diff, --compare
	      find differences between archive and file	system

       --delete
	      delete from the archive (not for use on mag tapes!)

       -r, --append
	      append files to the end of an archive

       -t, --list
	      list the contents	of an archive

       -u, --update
	      only append files	that are newer than copy in archive

       -x, --extract, --get
	      extract files from an archive

OTHER OPTIONS
       --atime-preserve
	      don't change access times	on dumped files

       -b, --block-size	N
	      block size of Nx512 bytes	(default N=20)

       -B, --read-full-blocks
	      reblock as we read (for reading 4.2BSD pipes)

       -C, --directory DIR
	      change to	directory DIR

       --checkpoint
	      print directory names while reading the archive

       -f, --file [HOSTNAME:]F
	      use archive file or device F (default /dev/rmt0)

       --force-local
	      archive file is local even if has	a colon

       -F, --info-script F --new-volume-script F
	      run script at end	of each	tape (implies -M)

       -G, --incremental
	      create/list/extract old GNU-format incremental backup

       -g, --listed-incremental	F
	      create/list/extract new GNU-format incremental backup

       -h, --dereference
	      don't dump symlinks; dump	the files they point to

       -i, --ignore-zeros
	      ignore blocks of zeros in	archive	(normally mean EOF)

       -j, -I, --bzip
	      filter the archive through bzip2.	Note: -I is deprecated and may
	      get a different meaning in the near future.

       --ignore-failed-read
	      don't exit with non-zero status on unreadable files

       -k, --keep-old-files
	      keep existing files; don't overwrite them	from archive

       -K, --starting-file F
	      begin at file F in the archive

       -l, --one-file-system
	      stay in local file system	when creating an archive

       -L, --tape-length N
	      change tapes after writing N*1024	bytes

       -m, --modification-time
	      don't extract file modified time

       -M, --multi-volume
	      create/list/extract multi-volume archive

       -N, --after-date	DATE, --newer DATE
	      only store files newer than DATE

       -o, --old-archive, --portability
	      write a V7 format	archive, rather	than ANSI format

       -O, --to-stdout
	      extract files to standard	output

       -p, --same-permissions, --preserve-permissions
	      extract all protection information

       -P, --absolute-paths
	      don't strip leading `/'s from file names

       --preserve
	      like -p -s

       -R, --record-number
	      show record number within	archive	with each message

       --remove-files
	      remove files after adding	them to	the archive

       -s, --same-order, --preserve-order
	      list of names to extract is sorted to match archive

       --same-owner
	      create extracted files with the same ownership

       -S, --sparse
	      handle sparse files efficiently

       -T, --files-from=F
	      get names	to extract or create from file F

       --null
	      -T reads null-terminated names, disable -C

       --totals
	      print total bytes	written	with --create

       -v, --verbose
	      verbosely	list files processed

       -V, --label NAME
	      create archive with volume name NAME

       --version
	      print tar	program	version	number

       -w, --interactive, --confirmation
	      ask for confirmation for every action

       -W, --verify
	      attempt to verify	the archive after writing it

       --exclude FILE
	      exclude file FILE

       -X, --exclude-from FILE
	      exclude files listed in FILE

       -Z, --compress, --uncompress
	      filter the archive through compress

       -z, --gzip, --ungzip
	      filter the archive through gzip

       --use-compress-program PROG
	      filter the archive through PROG (which must accept -d)

				30 October 2000				TAR(1)

NAME | SYNOPSIS | DESCRIPTION | FUNCTION LETTERS | OTHER OPTIONS

Want to link to this manual page? Use this URL:
<http://www.freebsd.org/cgi/man.cgi?query=tar&sektion=1&manpath=Red+Hat+Linux%2fi386+9>

home | help