PAX: the universal UNIX and GNU Linux archiver

pax, which means peace in Latin, combines the best of both cpio and tar, which are found in nearly all modern GNU/Linux distributions. However, it appears as though it hasn’t been updated in several years!

Benefits include:

  • can use ‘find’ to get list of files, which is then piped through to pax (cpio style)
  • can read and write many archive formats, including ustar (default), cpio, and many others
  • can do copy-pass mode (copy entire directory tree to another location)
  • can do gzip compression on the fly (tar style)

man pax will show you more example

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