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9.4.1 Format Variations

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Format parameters specify how an archive is written on the archive media. The best choice of format parameters will vary depending on the type and number of files being archived, and on the media used to store the archive.

To specify format parameters when accessing or creating an archive, you can use the options described in the following sections. If you do not specify any format parameters, tar uses default parameters. You cannot modify a compressed archive. If you create an archive with the ‘--blocking-factor’ option specified (see section The Blocking Factor of an Archive), you must specify that blocking-factor when operating on the archive. See section Controlling the Archive Format, for other examples of format parameter considerations.

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