Tar

Clean a tar-bombed directory


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tar -tf <file.tar.gz> | xargs rm -r

Remove VCS junk


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tar --exclude-vcs -cf src.tar src/

Creating a gzipped tarball


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# Zip a directory
tar czfv tobemade.tar.gz tobezipped/

Extracting tarballs


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# tar.gz
tar zxvf [file]

# tar.bz2
tar jxvf [file]