Sometimes you just want to gzip up a directory. Is that so much to ask? Unfortunately I don’t do it often enough to remember which flags to use. Thus this post.
Here is how you gzip up a directory using the command line:
tar -zcvf outputFile.tar.gz sourceDirectory/
As a reminder the flags mean:
- z – tells tar that it is dealing with gzip file
- c – tells tar to create the archive file
- v – verbose mode showing what files are being processed
- f – output is a file