College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Mathematics


You may archive many files into one file using the tar command.
Initially, tar archives were used to store files on magnetic tape. Tar stands for tape archive. An online manual is available at

  1. To tar something up:
    tar -cvf (whatever name you wish).tar (Here you place the filename or directory you wish to tar. Put spaces between the filenames).
  2. To extract (or unpack) the contents of a tar archive:
    tar -xvf (the name of the file).tar
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