The name “tar” stands for “tape archive”. As the name implies, in the old days it was a command that Unix administrators used to deal with tape drives. Where we now use the Linux tar command to create a tar file, we used to tell it to write the tar archive to a device file (in /dev). These days the Linux tar command is more often used to create compressed archives that can easily be moved around, from disk to disk, or computer to computer. One user may archive a large collection of files, and another user may extract those files, with both of them using the tar command. Read more here…