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Compress a folder with tar

To archive and compress a folder with tar use this command:

$ tar -czvf folder.tar.gz folder

Be careful with the parameters order: tar -czvf is not the same as tar -cvfz. The fist one is ok, but the second one ends with an error:

$ tar -cvfz folder.tar.gz folder
tar: folder.tar.gz: Cannot stat: No such file or directory
tar: Exiting with failure status due to previous errors

An ls will show a z file. The reason is that the -f parameter takes the next argument as the filename to archive, thus the z file in our folder. So you have to use the tar -czvf syntax.

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