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pax

 
Archiving and copying utility. More information: https://manned.org/pax.1p.
 
  • List the contents of an archive:
     
    pax -f {{archive.tar}}
     
  • List the contents of a gzipped archive:
     
    pax -zf {{archive.tar.gz}}
     
  • Create an archive from files:
     
    pax -wf {{target.tar}} {{path/to/file1}} {{path/to/file2}} {{path/to/file3}}
     
  • Create an archive from files, using output redirection:
     
    pax -w {{path/to/file1}} {{path/to/file2}} {{path/to/file3}} > {{target.tar}}
     
  • Extract an archive into the current directory:
     
    pax -rf {{source.tar}}
     
  • Copy to a directory, while keeping the original metadata; target/ must exist:
     
    pax -rw {{path/to/file1}} {{path/to/directory1}} {{path/to/directory2}} {{target/}}

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