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Otis preparing for his RHEL-based LFCS exam. Please give him the list of tar flags with which he should be most familiar. Please explain JUST the flags, not full tar commands.

Here is a list of some of the most common tar flags with brief explanations:

  1. -c: Creates a new archive.
  2. -x: Extracts the contents of an existing archive.
  3. -f: Specifies the name of the archive file.
  4. -v: Enables verbose output.
  5. -z: Compresses the archive using gzip.
  6. -j: Compresses the archive using bzip2.
  7. -C: Changes to a different directory before creating the archive.
  8. -t: Lists the contents of an existing archive.
  9. -p: Preserves file permissions and ownership when extracting files.
  10. --exclude: Excludes specific files or directories from the archive.
  11. --totals: Displays the total size of the processed files and the speed of the operation.
  12. -u: Adds only new or changed files to the archive.

These flags cover some of the most common and useful options available in tar. By mastering these flags, Otis will be able to create, extract, and manage tar archives with ease.

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