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There are three styles for writing operations and options to the command
tar. The different styles were developed at
different times during the history of
tar. These styles will be
presented below, from the most recent to the oldest.
Some options must take an argument(2). Where you place the arguments generally depends on which style of options you choose. We will detail specific information relevant to each option style in the sections on the different option styles, below. The differences are subtle, yet can often be very important; incorrect option placement can cause you to overwrite a number of important files. We urge you to note these differences, and only use the option style(s) which makes the most sense to you until you feel comfortable with the others.
Some options may take an argument. Such options may have at most long and short forms, they do not have old style equivalent. The rules for specifying an argument for such options are stricter than those for specifying mandatory arguments. Please, pay special attention to them.
|3.3.1 Long Option Style|
|3.3.2 Short Option Style|
|3.3.3 Old Option Style|
|3.3.4 Mixing Option Styles|
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