GNU Tar provides the ability to create tar archives, as well as various
other kinds of manipulation. For example, you can use Tar on previously
created archives to extract files, to store additional files, or to
update or list files which were already stored.
Initially, tar archives were used to store files conveniently on
magnetic tape. The name "Tar" comes from this use; it stands for tape
archiver. Despite the utility's name, Tar can direct its output to
available devices, files, or other programs (using pipes), it can even
access remote devices or files (as archives).
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