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tar

        
    tar xfv myfile.tar
    tar cfv myfile.tar mysource

    tar xfvz myfile.tar.gz
    tar cfvz myfile.tar.gz mysource

    tar xfvj myfile.tar.xz
    tar cfvj myfile.tar.xz mysource

    x : Extract
    c : Compress

    f : From file
    v : Verbose

    j : GZ
    z : XZ

    Without f tar will read from standard input
    -0 to write to standard output

    p : Preserve info about file permissions

    Should be valid for GNU tar and BSD tar