Oracle® Solaris 11.2 Tunable Parameters Reference Manual

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Updated: December 2014


For a description of the –f function modifier, see tar(1).

If the TAPE environment variable is not present and the value of one of the arguments is a number and –f is not specified, the number matching the archiveN string is looked up in the /etc/default/tar file. The value of the archiveN string is used as the output device with the blocking and size specifications from the file.

For example:

% tar -c 2 /tmp/*

This command writes the output to the device specified as archive2 in the /etc/default/tar file.