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1.4 How tar Archives are Named

Conventionally, tar archives are given names ending with ‘.tar’. This is not necessary for tar to operate properly, but this manual follows that convention in order to accustom readers to it and to make examples more clear.

Often, people refer to tar archives as “tar files,” and archive members as “files” or “entries”. For people familiar with the operation of tar, this causes no difficulty. However, in this manual, we consistently refer to “archives” and “archive members” to make learning to use tar easier for novice users.

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