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Archiving Files and Directories with Compression

Creating a compressed archive file can be useful for backup purposes. In this hands-on lab, we're going to make a compressed archive of a directory containing a custom application before upgrading the application to guarantee that we have a copy of the working program.

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Clock icon Intermediate
Clock icon 15m
Clock icon Jan 17, 2020

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Table of Contents

  1. Challenge

    Create an Archive Directory in the cloud_user Home Directory

    First, let's make sure we're in our home directory, then create an archive directory and get into it:

    mkdir archive
  2. Challenge

    Make the Archive Directory the Current Directory

    Change the directory to archive using the cd command:

    cd archive
  3. Challenge

    Archive the /opt/myapp Directory as myapp.tar.gz

    Use the tar command to create the myapp.tar.gz archive containing /opt/myapp and its contents:

    tar -cvzf myapp.tar.gz /opt/myapp
  4. Challenge

    List the Contents of myapp.tar.gz and Redirect It to app.list

    Use the tar command to list the contents of myapp.tar.gz:

    tar -tf myapp.tar.gz

    It looks good, so now let's run that command again and redirect the output to an app.list file:

    tar -tf myapp.tar.gz > app.list

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