On Lamp talks about
"Note that tar, cpio, and pax are considered to be archivers. We'll see that tar is easiest to use when you want to backup entire directory structures. In contrast, the cpio utility is the easiest command to use when you want to pick and choose which files to backup. And the pax command is a combination of both these commands with a bit of added functionality thrown in."
(Submitted by Noel Thu May 9, 2002 )
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