-c = create -f = read to/from the named file (instead of the device /tape) -t = list contents of .tar file -r = append to a .tar file -v = verbose (tells you everything its doing) -x = extract contents of .tar file -z = compress files (not so useful for minc files)
Note that a path name beginning with a forward slash is an absolute path name, e.g.: /scratch/mydir whereas a path name with no forward slash at the beginning is a relative path name. Thus, if you are in directory /scratch/mydir and want to tar a bunch of files in /scratch/mydir/subdir, you may use relative path names, eg:
tar -cf /scratch/myfile_blah.tar subdir/*
Be diligent with use of backquotes (`) and forward quotes (')!
Ave to Hans Petter Langtangen, Dept. of Informatics, University of Oslo for posting this tip on his website.
scp firstname.lastname@example.org:/scratch/myfile_20030617.tar /local/path/
from a machine inside BIC:
scp /scratch/myfile_20030617.tar email@example.com:/local/path/