I wrote this post in 2010, more than 12 years ago.
It may be very out of date, partially or totally incorrect. I may even no longer agree
with this, or might approach things differently if I wrote this post today. I rarely edit
posts after writing them, but if I have there'll be a note at the bottom about what
I changed and why. If something in this post is actively harmful or dangerous please get in
touch and I'll fix it.
The GNU folks, in general, abhor man pages, and create info documents
instead. Unfortunately, the info document describing tar is licensed
under the GFDL with invariant cover texts, which makes it impossible
to include any text from that document in this man page. Most of the
text in this document was automatically extracted from the usage text
in the source. It may not completely describe all features of the