Here's a quick code snippet on how to backup files and restore them from the shell.

To back them up, run the following code:

$ tar -zcvf filename.tar.gz folder/

To backup all files in the directory you are currently in, run:
$ tar -zcvf filename.tar.gz .

Here's a breakout of the parameters:
z - gzip compression
c - compress the files
v - verbose output (lists the files)
f - file

To uncompress the file(s) (eg. unload to server - overwriting files), use the following:
$ tar -zxvf filename.tar.gz

The key difference is the c in the compress command above was replaced with an x for the extract command.


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