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I am trying to make a tar ball and its throwing the error,

persis1@takwa228-DEV $ tar -pcrvzf ALPHA.tar.gz https-ALPHA

tar: You may not specify more than one `-Acdtrux' or `--test-label' option

Try `tar --help' or `tar --usage' for more information.
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As the message says, you can't combine c and r; the former means "create an archive", the latter "append to an archive", so they can't be used simultaneously.

You can simply do

tar cpvzf ALPHA.tar.gz https-ALPHA
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Let me add that I ran into the same error message due to another cause. This one passed through for many months, and this morning suddenly told me

You may not specify more than one '-Acdtrux' or '--test-label' option

upon running

tar cfvz backup-logs.$(date +'%Y-%m-%d').tgz *.log

Reason was there was a file called -crontab.log, with a hyphen in front of the filename. Took me half an hour to figure that out. Removing the hyphen from the filename fixed that.

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    Preceding the filename glob with -- on the command line to signal the end of command line options would also have helped. – Kusalananda Oct 12 '20 at 14:18
  • That means the filename glob is resolved and then appended to the command line? Sounds weird. – Anse Feb 22 at 11:29

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