Is it possible to compress a tar file such that I don't end up with an archive file in an other archive file but just an archive file containing my content fx. a tar.gz file? I don't want to extract the content of the tar file, since this is a very large file.

  • have you try gzip foo.tar ? – Archemar Sep 17 '14 at 8:56
  • yes, that worked. I would have sworn, that gzip would have created a tar inside the zip - hmm this is embarrassing. – Morten Sep 17 '14 at 9:07

Compressing a tar file with gzip, bzip2 or xz after it is created without compression, is the same tarring + compressing the original data with tar + the z, j, resp. J option.

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