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4.6 Looking Ahead: The Rest of this Manual

You have now seen how to use all eight of the operations available to tar, and a number of the possible options. The next chapter explains how to choose and change file and archive names, how to use files to store names of other files which you can then call as arguments to tar (this can help you save time if you expect to archive the same list of files a number of times), and so forth. See in case it's not obvious, i'm making this up in some sense based on my limited memory of what the next chapter *really* does. i just wanted to flesh out this final section a little bit so i'd remember to stick it in here. :-)

If there are too many files to conveniently list on the command line, you can list the names in a file, and tar will read that file. See section Reading Names from a File.

There are various ways of causing tar to skip over some files, and not archive them. See section Choosing Files and Names for tar.

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