GNU `tar' saves many files together into a single tape or disk archive, and can restore individual files from the archive. It includes multivolume support, the ability to archive sparse files, automatic archive compression/decompression, remote archives and special features that allow `tar' to be used for incremental and full backups. It also includes `rmt', the remote tape server (the `mt' tape drive control program is in GNU `cpio').
|Tags||Archiving Compression GNU|
Release Notes: This release adds support for xz compression (with the --xz option) and reassigns the short option -J as a shortcut for --xz. The option -I is now a shortcut for --use-compress-program, and the --no-recursive option works with --incremental.
Release Notes: This release adds new options: --lzop, --no-auto-compress, and --no-null. It has compressed format recognition and VCS support (--exclude-vcs). It fixes the --null option and fixes record size autodetection.
Release Notes: This release has new options: -a (selects a compression algorithm basing on the suffix of the archive file name), --lzma (selects the LZMA compression algorithm), and --hard-dereference, which dereferences hard links during archive creation and stores the files they refer to (instead of creating the usual hard link members).
Release Notes: The license was upgraded to version 3 of the GNU General Public License. Several bugs in the test suite were fixed.
Release Notes: This release fixes archival of sparse files in POSIX mode, operation of --verify --listed-incremental, and --occurrence. The end-of-volume script can send the new volume name to tar by writing it to the file descriptor stored in the environment variable 'TAR_FD'.