Installing Tar

Installation of Tar

If you want to apply the Bzip2 tar patch which gives you the -y option to tar so you can use bzip2 files with tar, first download the patch from and apply it by running the following command within the src directory under the tar-1.13 directory:

root:tar-1.13# cd src
root:src# patch -i ../../gnutarpatch.txt

Install Tar by running the following commands:

root:tar-1.13# ./configure --prefix=/usr
root:tar-1.13# make
root:tar-1.13# make install
root:tar-1.13# mv /usr/bin/tar /bin


The tar package contains the tar and rmt programs.



tar is an archiving program designed to store and extract files from an archive file known as a tarfile.


rmt is a program used by the remote dump and restore programs in manipulating a magnetic tape drive through an interprocess communication connection.