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8.3.5 Ustar Archive Format

The archive format defined by the POSIX.1-1988 specification is called ustar. Although it is more flexible than the V7 format, it still has many restrictions (see section ustar, for the detailed description of ustar format). Along with V7 format, ustar format is a good choice for archives intended to be read with other implementations of tar.

To create an archive in ustar format, use the ‘--format=ustar’ option in conjunction with ‘--create’ (‘-c’).

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