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19.9 A System V Tape Archiver: cpio

There was a time when people used to debate whether the BSD tar (20.1, 19.5) (tape archiver) or the System V cpio (copy in/out) was the better file archive and backup program. At this point, there's no question. No one ships out cpio archives over the Net (1.33). tar is widespread, and because there are free versions available, including GNU tar (19.6), there's no reason why you should have to read a cpio archive from someone else.

Still, if you're on an older System V machine, you might use cpio. Though we don't give it much air time in this book, here are a few basics:


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