dumb question about tar
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On 07/17/08 13:16, David Denney wrote:
> Hello all,
> When you tar a file (i.e. a backup) to a destination disk, does tar build
> the file on the destination disk, or does it create it in a tmp file,
> memory, etc then move it to the final destination? I have to think it
> builds it in the destination location, but want to make sure.
Builds in at the destination.
Remember (if you are old enough!) that tar means Tape ARchive, and
that tape drives are sequential devices and also that Way Back When
tape drives were cheaper than disk drives.
(Even now, LTO3 400/800GB tapes are less than US$35, whereas SATA
400GB drives are US$100 at NewEgg. Much more when you buy from a
Tier 1 vendor. And I'd rather drop a tape than a hard drive.)
Ron Johnson, Jr.
Jefferson LA USA
"Kittens give Morbo gas. In lighter news, the city of New New
York is doomed."
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