TAR(1)                          GNU TAR Manual                          TAR(1)

       tar - an archiving utility

   Traditional usage
       tar {A|c|d|r|t|u|x}[GnSkUWOmpsMBiajJzZhPlRvwo] [ARG...]

   UNIX-style usage

       tar -c [-f ARCHIVE] [OPTIONS] [FILE...]

       tar -d [-f ARCHIVE] [OPTIONS] [FILE...]

       tar -t [-f ARCHIVE] [OPTIONS] [MEMBER...]

       tar -r [-f ARCHIVE] [OPTIONS] [FILE...]

       tar -u [-f ARCHIVE] [OPTIONS] [FILE...]

       tar -x [-f ARCHIVE] [OPTIONS] [MEMBER...]

   GNU-style usage
       tar {--catenate|--concatenate} [OPTIONS] ARCHIVE ARCHIVE

       tar --create [--file ARCHIVE] [OPTIONS] [FILE...]

       tar {--diff|--compare} [--file ARCHIVE] [OPTIONS] [FILE...]

       tar --delete [--file ARCHIVE] [OPTIONS] [MEMBER...]

       tar --append [-f ARCHIVE] [OPTIONS] [FILE...]

       tar --list [-f ARCHIVE] [OPTIONS] [MEMBER...]

       tar --test-label [--file ARCHIVE] [OPTIONS] [LABEL...]

       tar --update [--file ARCHIVE] [OPTIONS] [FILE...]

       tar --update [-f ARCHIVE] [OPTIONS] [FILE...]

       tar {--extract|--get} [-f ARCHIVE] [OPTIONS] [MEMBER...]

       This manpage is a short description of GNU tar.  For a detailed discus-
       sion, including examples and usage recommendations, refer  to  the  GNU
       Tar Manual available in texinfo format.  If the info reader and the tar
       documentation are properly installed on your system, the command

           info tar

       should give you access to the complete manual.

       You can also view the manual using the info mode in emacs(1),  or  find
       it in various formats online at


       If any discrepancies occur between this manpage and the GNU Tar Manual,
       the later shall be considered the authoritative source.

       GNU tar is an archiving program designed to store multiple files  in  a
       single file (an archive), and to manipulate such archives.  The archive
       can be either a regular file or a device (e.g. a tape drive, hence  the
       name  of  the  program,  which  stands for tape archiver), which can be
       located either on the local or on a remote machine.

   Option styles
       Options to GNU tar can be given in three different styles.   In  tradi-
       tional style, the first argument is a cluster of option letters and all
       subsequent arguments supply arguments to  those  options  that  require
       them.   The arguments are read in the same order as the option letters.
       Any command line words that remain after all options has been processed
       are treated as non-optional arguments: file or archive member names.

       For  example,  the c option requires creating the archive, the v option
       requests the verbose operation, and the f option takes an argument that
       sets  the  name of the archive to operate upon.  The following command,
       written in the traditional style, instructs tar to store all files from
       the  directory /etc into the archive file etc.tar verbosely listing the
       files being archived:

       tar cfv a.tar /etc

       In UNIX or short-option style, each option letter is  prefixed  with  a
       single  dash,  as  in other command line utilities.  If an option takes
       argument, the argument follows it, either as a  separate  command  line
       word,  or  immediately  following  the  option.  However, if the option
       takes an optional argument, the argument must follow the option  letter
       without any intervening whitespace, as in -g/tmp/snar.db.

       Any  number  of  options not taking arguments can be clustered together
       after a single dash, e.g. -vkp.  Options that take  arguments  (whether
       mandatory  or  optional), can appear at the end of such a cluster, e.g.
       -vkpf a.tar.

       The example command above written in the short-option style could  look

       tar -cvf a.tar /etc
       tar -c -v -f a.tar /etc

       In GNU or long-option style, each option begins with two dashes and has
       a meaningful name, consisting of lower-case letters and  dashes.   When
       used,  the  long option can be abbreviated to its initial letters, pro-
       vided that this does not create ambiguity.  Arguments to  long  options
       are  supplied  either as a separate command line word, immediately fol-
       lowing the option, or separated from the option by an equals sign  with
       no intervening whitespace.  Optional arguments must always use the lat-
       ter method.

       Here are several ways of writing the example command in this style:

       tar --create --file a.tar --verbose /etc
       or (abbreviating some options):
       tar --cre --file=a.tar --verb /etc

       The options in all three styles can be intermixed,  although  doing  so
       with old options is not encouraged.

   Operation mode
       The options listed in the table below tell GNU tar what operation it is
       to perform.  Exactly one of  them  must  be  given.   Meaning  of  non-
       optional arguments depends on the operation mode requested.

       -A, --catenate, --concatenate
              Append archive to the end of another archive.  The arguments are
              treated as the names of archives to append.  All  archives  must
              be  of the same format as the archive they are appended to, oth-
              erwise the resulting archive  might  be  unusable  with  non-GNU
              implementations of tar.  Notice also that when more than one ar-
              chive is given, the members from archives other than  the  first
              one  will  be  accessible in the resulting archive only if using
              the -i (--ignore-zeros) option.

              Compressed archives cannot be concatenated.

       -c, --create
              Create a new archive.  Arguments supply the names of  the  files
              to  be  archived.   Directories are archived recursively, unless
              the --no-recursion option is given.

       -d, --diff, --compare
              Find differences between archive and file system.  The arguments
              are  optional  and  specify  archive members to compare.  If not
              given, the current working directory is assumed.

              Delete from the archive.  The arguments supply names of the  ar-
              chive  members  to  be  removed.   At least one argument must be

              This option does not operate on compressed archives.   There  is
              no short option equivalent.

       -r, --append
              Append  files to the end of an archive.  Arguments have the same
              meaning as for -c (--create).

       -t, --list
              List the contents of an archive.  Arguments are optional.   When
              given, they specify the names of the members to list.

              Test the archive volume label and exit.  When used without argu-
              ments, it prints the volume label (if any) and exits with status
              0.  When one or more command line arguments are given.  tar com-
              pares the volume label with each argument.  It exits with code 0
              if  a  match  is found, and with code 1 otherwise.  No output is
              displayed, unless used together with the -v (--verbose) option.

              There is no short option equivalent for this option.

       -u, --update
              Append files which are newer than the corresponding copy in  the
              archive.   Arguments  have  the  same  meaning as with -c and -r

       -x, --extract, --get
              Extract files from an archive.  Arguments  are  optional.   When
              given,   they  specify  names  of  the  archive  members  to  be

              Show built-in defaults for various tar  options  and  exit.   No
              arguments are allowed.

       -?, --help
              Display a short option summary and exit.  No arguments allowed.

              Display  a  list  of  available  options and exit.  No arguments

              Print program version and copyright information and exit.

   Operation modifiers
              Check  device  numbers  when   creating   incremental   archives

       -g, --listed-incremental=FILE
              Handle  new GNU-format incremental backups.  FILE is the name of
              a snapshot file, where tar stores additional  information  which
              is  used to decide which files changed since the previous incre-
              mental dump and, consequently, must be dumped  again.   If  FILE
              does  not exist when creating an archive, it will be created and
              all files will be added to the resulting archive  (the  level  0
              dump).  To create incremental archives of non-zero level N, cre-
              ate a copy of the snapshot file created during  the  level  N-1,
              and use it as FILE.

              When  listing  or extracting, the actual contents of FILE is not
              inspected, it is needed only due  to  syntactical  requirements.
              It is therefore common practice to use /dev/null in its place.

              Use METHOD to detect holes in sparse files.  This option implies
              --sparse.  Valid values for METHOD are seek and raw.  Default is
              seek with fallback to raw when not applicable.

       -G, --incremental
              Handle old GNU-format incremental backups.

              Do not exit with nonzero on unreadable files.

              Set  dump  level  for  created listed-incremental archive.  Cur-
              rently only --level=0 is meaningful: it instructs tar  to  trun-
              cate the snapshot file before dumping, thereby forcing a level 0

       -n, --seek
              Assume the archive is seekable.  Normally tar  determines  auto-
              matically whether the archive can be seeked or not.  This option
              is intended for use in cases when such  recognition  fails.   It
              takes  effect only if the archive is open for reading (e.g. with
              --list or --extract options).

              Do not check device numbers when creating incremental archives.

              Assume the archive is not seekable.

              Process only the Nth occurrence of each  file  in  the  archive.
              This  option  is  valid only when used with one of the following
              subcommands: --delete, --diff, --extract or --list  and  when  a
              list  of files is given either on the command line or via the -T
              option.  The default N is 1.

              Disable the use of some potentially harmful options.

              Set version of the sparse  format  to  use  (implies  --sparse).
              This  option  implies  --sparse.  Valid argument values are 0.0,
              0.1, and 1.0.  For a  detailed  discussion  of  sparse  formats,
              refer  to  the  GNU  Tar  Manual,  appendix D, "Sparse Formats".
              Using info reader, it can be accessed running the following com-
              mand: info tar 'Sparse Formats'.

       -S, --sparse
              Handle  sparse files efficiently.  Some files in the file system
              may have segments which were actually never written (quite often
              these  are database files created by such systems as DBM).  When
              given this option, tar attempts to  determine  if  the  file  is
              sparse prior to archiving it, and if so, to reduce the resulting
              archive size by not dumping empty parts of the file.

   Overwrite control
       These options control tar actions when extracting a file over an exist-
       ing copy on disk.

       -k, --keep-old-files
              Don't replace existing files when extracting.

              Don't  replace  existing files that are newer than their archive

              Preserve metadata of existing directories.

              Extract all files into DIR, or, if used without argument, into a
              subdirectory  named by the base name of the archive (minus stan-
              dard compression suffixes recognizable by --auto-compress).

              Overwrite existing files when extracting.

              Overwrite  metadata  of  existing  directories  when  extracting

              Recursively  remove all files in the directory prior to extract-
              ing it.

              Remove files from disk after adding them to the archive.

              Don't replace existing files when extracting, silently skip over

       -U, --unlink-first
              Remove each file prior to extracting over it.

       -W, --verify
              Verify the archive after writing it.

   Output stream selection

       Ignore subprocess exit codes.

              Treat non-zero exit codes of children as error (default).

       -O, --to-stdout
              Extract files to standard output.

              Pipe  extracted  files to COMMAND.  The argument is the pathname
              of an external program, optionally with command line  arguments.
              The  program  will be invoked and the contents of the file being
              extracted supplied to it on  its  standard  output.   Additional
              data will be supplied via the following environment variables:

                     Type  of the file. It is a single letter with the follow-
                     ing meaning:

                             f           Regular file
                             d           Directory
                             l           Symbolic link
                             h           Hard link
                             b           Block device
                             c           Character device

                     Currently only regular files are supported.

                     File mode, an octal number.

                     The name of the file.

                     Name of the file as stored in the archive.

                     Name of the file owner.

                     Name of the file owner group.

                     Time of last access. It is a decimal number, representing
                     seconds  since  the Epoch.  If the archive provides times
                     with nanosecond precision, the nanoseconds  are  appended
                     to the timestamp after a decimal point.

                     Time of last modification.

                     Time of last status change.

                     Size of the file.

                     UID of the file owner.

                     GID of the file owner.

              Additionally,  the following variables contain information about
              tar operation mode and the archive being processed:

                     GNU tar version number.

                     The name of the archive tar is processing.

                     Current blocking factor, i.e. number of  512-byte  blocks
                     in a record.

                     Ordinal  number  of  the volume tar is processing (set if
                     reading a multi-volume archive).

                     Format of the archive  being  processed.   One  of:  gnu,
                     oldgnu,  posix, ustar, v7.  TAR_SUBCOMMAND A short option
                     (with a leading dash) describing  the  operation  tar  is

   Handling of file attributes
              Preserve  access  times on dumped files, either by restoring the
              times after reading (METHOD=replace, this is the default) or  by
              not setting the times in the first place (METHOD=system)

              Delay  setting  modification  times and permissions of extracted
              directories until the end of extraction.  Use this  option  when
              extracting from an archive which has unusual member ordering.

              Force  NAME  as  group for added files.  If GID is not supplied,
              NAME can be either a user name or numeric GID.  In this case the
              missing  part  (GID  or  name) will be inferred from the current
              host's group database.

              When used with --group-map=FILE, affects only those files  whose
              owner group is not listed in FILE.

              Read  group translation map from FILE.  Empty lines are ignored.
              Comments are introduced with # sign and extend  to  the  end  of
              line.   Each  non-empty  line  in FILE defines translation for a
              single group.  It must consist of two fields, delimited  by  any
              amount of whitespace:

              OLDGRP NEWGRP[:NEWGID]

              OLDGRP  is  either  a valid group name or a GID prefixed with +.
              Unless NEWGID is supplied, NEWGRP must also be  either  a  valid
              group  name  or  a +GID.  Otherwise, both NEWGRP and NEWGID need
              not be listed in the system group database.

              As a result, each input file with owner  group  OLDGRP  will  be
              stored in archive with owner group NEWGRP and GID NEWGID.

              Force symbolic mode CHANGES for added files.

              Set  mtime  for added files.  DATE-OR-FILE is either a date/time
              in almost arbitrary format, or the name of an existing file.  In
              the latter case the mtime of that file will be used.

       -m, --touch
              Don't extract file modified time.

              Cancel the effect of the prior --delay-directory-restore option.

              Extract files as yourself (default for ordinary users).

              Apply  the user's umask when extracting permissions from the ar-
              chive (default for ordinary users).

              Always use numbers for user/group names.

              Force NAME as owner for added files.  If UID  is  not  supplied,
              NAME can be either a user name or numeric UID.  In this case the
              missing part (UID or name) will be  inferred  from  the  current
              host's user database.

              When  used with --owner-map=FILE, affects only those files whose
              owner is not listed in FILE.

              Read owner translation map from FILE.  Empty lines are  ignored.
              Comments  are  introduced  with  # sign and extend to the end of
              line.  Each non-empty line in FILE  defines  translation  for  a
              single  UID.   It  must  consist of two fields, delimited by any
              amount of whitespace:

              OLDUSR NEWUSR[:NEWUID]

              OLDUSR is either a valid user name or a  UID  prefixed  with  +.
              Unless  NEWUID  is  supplied, NEWUSR must also be either a valid
              user name or a +UID.  Otherwise, both NEWUSR and NEWUID need not
              be listed in the system user database.

              As  a  result, each input file owned by OLDUSR will be stored in
              archive with owner name NEWUSR and UID NEWUID.

       -p, --preserve-permissions, --same-permissions
              extract information about file permissions  (default  for  supe-

              Same as both -p and -s.

              Try  extracting  files  with the same ownership as exists in the
              archive (default for superuser).

       -s, --preserve-order, --same-order
              Sort names to extract to match archive

              When creating an archive, sort directory  entries  according  to
              ORDER, which is one of none, name, or inode.

              The  default is --sort=none, which stores archive members in the
              same order as returned by the operating system.

              Using --sort=name ensures the member ordering in the created ar-
              chive is uniform and reproducible.

              Using  --sort=inode  reduces  the number of disk seeks made when
              creating the archive and thus can considerably speed up archiva-
              tion.   This  sorting  order is supported only if the underlying
              system provides the necessary information.

   Extended file attributes
       --acls Enable POSIX ACLs support.

              Disable POSIX ACLs support.

              Enable SELinux context support.

              Disable SELinux context support.

              Enable extended attributes support.

              Disable extended attributes support.

              Specify the exclude pattern for xattr keys.  PATTERN is a  POSIX
              regular  expression,  e.g. --xattrs-exclude='^user.', to exclude
              attributes from the user namespace.

              Specify the include pattern for xattr keys.  PATTERN is a  POSIX
              regular expression.

   Device selection and switching
       -f, --file=ARCHIVE
              Use  archive  file  or  device  ARCHIVE.   If this option is not
              given, tar will first examine the environment  variable  `TAPE'.
              If  it is set, its value will be used as the archive name.  Oth-
              erwise, tar will assume the compiled-in  default.   The  default
              value  can be inspected either using the --show-defaults option,
              or at the end of the tar --help output.

              An archive name that has a colon  in  it  specifies  a  file  or
              device  on a remote machine.  The part before the colon is taken
              as the machine name or IP address, and the part after it as  the
              file or device pathname, e.g.:


              An  optional username can be prefixed to the hostname, placing a
              @ sign between them.

              By default, the remote host is accessed via the rsh(1)  command.
              Nowadays  it  is common to use ssh(1) instead.  You can do so by
              giving the following command line option:


              The remote machine should have the rmt(8) command installed.  If
              its  pathname  does  not match tar's default, you can inform tar
              about the correct pathname using the --rmt-command option.

              Archive file is local even if it has a colon.

       -F, --info-script=COMMAND, --new-volume-script=COMMAND
              Run COMMAND at the end of each tape (implies -M).   The  command
              can  include  arguments.   When  started,  it will inherit tar's
              environment plus the following variables:

                     GNU tar version number.

                     The name of the archive tar is processing.

                     Current blocking factor, i.e. number of  512-byte  blocks
                     in a record.

                     Ordinal  number  of  the volume tar is processing (set if
                     reading a multi-volume archive).

                     Format of the archive  being  processed.   One  of:  gnu,
                     oldgnu, posix, ustar, v7.

                     A short option (with a leading dash) describing the oper-
                     ation tar is executing.

              TAR_FD File descriptor which can be used to communicate the  new
                     volume name to tar.

              If  the info script fails, tar exits; otherwise, it begins writ-
              ing the next volume.

       -L, --tape-length=N
              Change tape after writing Nx1024 bytes.  If N is followed  by  a
              size suffix (see the subsection Size suffixes below), the suffix
              specifies the multiplicative factor to be used instead of 1024.

              This option implies -M.

       -M, --multi-volume
              Create/list/extract multi-volume archive.

              Use COMMAND instead of rmt when accessing remote archives.   See
              the description of the -f option, above.

              Use  COMMAND instead of rsh when accessing remote archives.  See
              the description of the -f option, above.

              When this option is used in conjunction with --multi-volume, tar
              will  keep track of which volume of a multi-volume archive it is
              working in FILE.

   Device blocking
       -b, --blocking-factor=BLOCKS
              Set record size to BLOCKSx512 bytes.

       -B, --read-full-records
              When listing or  extracting,  accept  incomplete  input  records
              after end-of-file marker.

       -i, --ignore-zeros
              Ignore  zeroed  blocks  in  archive.   Normally  two consecutive
              512-blocks filled with zeroes mean EOF  and  tar  stops  reading
              after  encountering them.  This option instructs it to read fur-
              ther and is useful when reading archives  created  with  the  -A

              Set  record size.  NUMBER is the number of bytes per record.  It
              must be multiple of 512.  It can can be  suffixed  with  a  size
              suffix,  e.g. --record-size=10K, for 10 Kilobytes.  See the sub-
              section Size suffixes, for a list of valid suffixes.

   Archive format selection
       -H, --format=FORMAT
              Create archive of the given format.  Valid formats are:

              gnu    GNU tar 1.13.x format

              oldgnu GNU format as per tar <= 1.12.

              pax, posix
                     POSIX 1003.1-2001 (pax) format.

              ustar  POSIX 1003.1-1988 (ustar) format.

              v7     Old V7 tar format.

       --old-archive, --portability
              Same as --format=v7.

              Control pax keywords when creating PAX archives (-H pax).   This
              option is equivalent to the -o option of the pax(1)utility.

              Same as --format=posix.

       -V, --label=TEXT
              Create archive with volume name TEXT.  If listing or extracting,
              use TEXT as a globbing pattern for volume name.

   Compression options
       -a, --auto-compress
              Use archive suffix to determine the compression program.

       -I, --use-compress-program=COMMAND
              Filter data through COMMAND.  It must accept the -d option,  for
              decompression.  The argument can contain command line options.

       -j, --bzip2
              Filter the archive through bzip2(1).

       -J, --xz
              Filter the archive through xz(1).

       --lzip Filter the archive through lzip(1).

       --lzma Filter the archive through lzma(1).

       --lzop Filter the archive through lzop(1).

              Do not use archive suffix to determine the compression program.

       -z, --gzip, --gunzip, --ungzip
              Filter the archive through gzip(1).

       -Z, --compress, --uncompress
              Filter the archive through compress(1).

   Local file selection
              Add FILE to the archive (useful if its name starts with a dash).

              Backup  before removal.  The CONTROL argument, if supplied, con-
              trols the backup policy.  Its valid values are:

              none, off
                     Never make backups.

              t, numbered
                     Make numbered backups.

              nil, existing
                     Make numbered backups if numbered backups  exist,  simple
                     backups otherwise.

              never, simple
                     Always make simple backups

              If  CONTROL  is  not  given,  the  value  is taken from the VER-
              SION_CONTROL environment variable.  If it is not  set,  existing
              is assumed.

       -C, --directory=DIR
              Change  to DIR before performing any operations.  This option is
              order-sensitive, i.e. it affects all options that follow.

              Exclude files matching PATTERN, a  glob(3)-style  wildcard  pat-

              Exclude backup and lock files.

              Exclude  contents  of  directories containing file CACHEDIR.TAG,
              except for the tag file itself.

              Exclude directories containing file CACHEDIR.TAG  and  the  file

              Exclude everything under directories containing CACHEDIR.TAG

              Before  dumping  a  directory,  see if it contains FILE.  If so,
              read exclusion patterns from this  file.   The  patterns  affect
              only the directory itself.

              Same  as --exclude-ignore, except that patterns from FILE affect
              both the directory and all its subdirectories.

              Exclude contents of directories containing FILE, except for FILE

              Exclude directories containing FILE.

              Exclude everything under directories containing FILE.

              Exclude version control system directories.

              Exclude  files that match patterns read from VCS-specific ignore
              files.  Supported files are: .cvsignore, .gitignore, .bzrignore,
              and .hgignore.

       -h, --dereference
              Follow symlinks; archive and dump the files they point to.

              Follow hard links; archive and dump the files they refer to.

       -K, --starting-file=MEMBER
              Begin at the given member in the archive.

              Work on files whose data changed after the DATE.  If DATE starts
              with / or . it is taken to be a file name;  the  mtime  of  that
              file is used as the date.

              Disable the effect of the previous --null option.

              Avoid descending automatically in directories.

              Do not unquote input file or member names.

              Treat  each line read from a file list as if it were supplied in
              the command line.  I.e.,  leading  and  trailing  whitespace  is
              removed  and,  if the resulting string begins with a dash, it is
              treated as tar command line option.

              This is  the  default  behavior.   The  --no-verbatim-files-from
              option  is  provided  as  a  way  to  restore  it after --verba-
              tim-files-from option.

              This option is positional: it affects all  --files-from  options
              that  occur  after  it in, until --verbatim-files-from option or
              end of line, whichever occurs first.

              It is implied by the --no-null option.

       --null Instruct subsequent -T options  to  read  null-terminated  names
              verbatim  (disables  special handling of names that start with a

              See also --verbatim-files-from.

       -N, --newer=DATE, --after-date=DATE
              Only store files newer than DATE.  If DATE starts with / or . it
              is  taken  to  be a file name; the ctime of that file is used as
              the date.

              Stay in local file system when creating archive.

       -P, --absolute-names
              Don't strip leading slashes from file names  when  creating  ar-

              Recurse into directories (default).

              Backup before removal, override usual suffix.  Default suffix is
              ~, unless overridden by environment variable  SIMPLE_BACKUP_SUF-

       -T, --files-from=FILE
              Get names to extract or create from FILE.

              Unless  specified  otherwise,  the  FILE  must contain a list of
              names separated by ASCII LF (i.e. one name per line).  The names
              read  are  handled the same way as command line arguments.  They
              undergo quote removal and word splitting, and  any  string  that
              starts with a - is handled as tar command line option.

              If  this behavior is undesirable, it can be turned off using the
              --verbatim-files-from option.

              The --null option instructs tar that the names in FILE are sepa-
              rated  by  ASCII  NUL character, instead of LF.  It is useful if
              the list is generated by find(1) -print0 predicate.

              Unquote file or member names (default).

              Treat each line obtained from a file list as a file  name,  even
              if  it  starts  with  a  dash.  File lists are supplied with the
              --files-from (-T) option.  The default  behavior  is  to  handle
              names  supplied  in file lists as if they were typed in the com-
              mand line, i.e. any names starting with a dash  are  treated  as
              tar  options.   The  --verbatim-files-from  option disables this

              This option affects all --files-from options that occur after it
              in  the command line.  Its effect is reverted by the --no-verba-
              tim-files-from} option.

              This option is implied by the --null option.

              See also --add-file.

       -X, --exclude-from=FILE
              Exclude files matching patterns listed in FILE.

   File name transformations
              Strip NUMBER leading components from file names on extraction.

       --transform=EXPRESSION, --xform=EXPRESSION
              Use sed replace EXPRESSION to transform file names.

   File name matching options
       These options affect both exclude and include patterns.

              Patterns match file name start.

              Ignore case.

              Patterns match after any / (default for exclusion).

              Case sensitive matching (default).

              Verbatim string matching.

              Wildcards do not match /.

              Use wildcards (default for exclusion).

              Wildcards match / (default for exclusion).

   Informative output
              Display progress messages every Nth record (default 10).

              Run ACTION on each checkpoint.

              Only set time when the file is more recent than what  was  given
              with --mtime.

              Print file time to its full resolution.

              Send verbose output to FILE.

       -l, --check-links
              Print a message if not all links are dumped.

              Disable quoting for characters from STRING.

              Additionally quote characters from STRING.

              Set  quoting  style for file and member names.  Valid values for
              STYLE are literal,  shell,  shell-always,  c,  c-maybe,  escape,
              locale, clocale.

       -R, --block-number
              Show block number within archive with each message.

              When  listing  or  extracting, list each directory that does not
              match search criteria.

       --show-transformed-names, --show-stored-names
              Show file or archive names after transformation by  --strip  and
              --transform options.

              Print  total  bytes  after processing the archive.  If SIGNAL is
              given, print total bytes when this signal is delivered.  Allowed
              signals are: SIGHUP, SIGQUIT, SIGINT, SIGUSR1, and SIGUSR2.  The
              SIG prefix can be omitted.

       --utc  Print file modification times in UTC.

       -v, --verbose
              Verbosely list files processed.

              Enable or disable warning messages identified by  KEYWORD.   The
              messages  are  suppressed  if  KEYWORD  is prefixed with no- and
              enabled otherwise.

              Multiple --warning messages accumulate.

              Keywords controlling general tar operation:

              all    Enable all warning messages.  This is the default.

              none   Disable all warning messages.

                     "%s: file name read contains nul character"

                     "A lone zero block at %s"

              Keywords applicable for tar --create:

                     "%s: contains a cache directory tag %s; %s"

                     "%s: File shrank by %s bytes; padding with zeros"

              xdev   "%s: file is on a different filesystem; not dumped"

                     "%s: Unknown file type; file ignored"
                     "%s: socket ignored"
                     "%s: door ignored"

                     "%s: file is unchanged; not dumped"

                     "%s: file is the archive; not dumped"

                     "%s: File removed before we read it"

                     "%s: file changed as we read it"

              Keywords applicable for tar --extract:

                     "%s: skipping existing file"

                     "%s: implausibly old time stamp %s"
                     "%s: time stamp %s is %s s in the future"

                     "Extracting contiguous files as regular files"

                     "Attempting extraction of symbolic links as hard links"

                     "%s: Unknown file type '%c', extracted as normal file"

                     "Current %s is newer or same age"

                     "Ignoring unknown extended header keyword '%s'"

                     Controls verbose description of failures  occurring  when
                     trying  to  run  alternative decompressor programs.  This
                     warning is  disabled  by  default  (unless  --verbose  is
                     used).   A  common example of what you can get when using
                     this warning is:

                     $ tar --warning=decompress-program -x -f archive.Z
                     tar (child): cannot run compress: No such file or directory
                     tar (child): trying gzip

                     This means that tar first tried to  decompress  archive.Z
                     using compress, and, when that failed, switched to gzip.

                     "Record size = %lu blocks"

              Keywords controlling incremental extraction:

                     "%s: Directory has been renamed from %s"
                     "%s: Directory has been renamed"

                     "%s: Directory is new"

              xdev   "%s: directory is on a different device: not purging"

                     "Malformed dumpdir: 'X' never used"

       -w, --interactive, --confirmation
              Ask for confirmation for every action.

   Compatibility options
       -o     When  creating, same as --old-archive.  When extracting, same as

   Size suffixes
               Suffix    Units                   Byte Equivalent
               b         Blocks                  SIZE x 512
               B         Kilobytes               SIZE x 1024
               c         Bytes                   SIZE
               G         Gigabytes               SIZE x 1024^3
               K         Kilobytes               SIZE x 1024
               k         Kilobytes               SIZE x 1024
               M         Megabytes               SIZE x 1024^2
               P         Petabytes               SIZE x 1024^5
               T         Terabytes               SIZE x 1024^4
               w         Words                   SIZE x 2

       Tar exit code indicates whether it was able to successfully perform the
       requested operation, and if not, what kind of error occurred.

       0      Successful termination.

       1      Some  files  differ.   If  tar  was  invoked  with the --compare
              (--diff, -d) command line option, this means that some files  in
              the  archive  differ  from  their disk counterparts.  If tar was
              given one of the --create, --append or  --update  options,  this
              exit  code  means  that  some  files  were  changed  while being
              archived and so the resulting archive does not contain the exact
              copy of the file set.

       2      Fatal  error.   This  means that some fatal, unrecoverable error

       If a subprocess that had been invoked by tar exited with a nonzero exit
       code,  tar  itself  exits with that code as well.  This can happen, for
       example, if a compression option (e.g. -z) was used  and  the  external
       compressor  program  failed.   Another  example  is  rmt failure during
       backup to a remote device.

       bzip2(1), compress(1), gzip(1), lzma(1), lzop(1),  rmt(8),  symlink(7),
       tar(5), xz(1).

       Complete tar manual: run info tar or use emacs(1) info mode to read it.

       Online  copies of GNU tar documentation in various formats can be found


       Report bugs to <bug-tar@gnu.org>.

       Copyright (C) 2013 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
       License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later
       This  is  free  software:  you  are free to change and redistribute it.
       There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.

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