File Extensions

Friday, January 23, 2009


Tar files were originally used for tape archiving. They combine multiple files into one file, much like zip, rar, and z files do, but the files within them are generally not compressed. Tar files are frequently put inside of a compressed file format after they have been used to group files together.

You may see a taz file or a tar.z file, indicating that it is a tar file that has been compressed into the z file format.


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