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Makes a backup of a directory tree and files

'dar' is a shell command that makes backups of a directory tree and files. Its features include splitting archives over several files, CDs, ZIPs, or floppies, compression, full or differential backups, proper saving and restoration of hard links and extended attributes, remote backup using pipes and external command (such as ssh), and rearrangement of the "slices" of an existing archive. It can now run commands between slices, scramble archives, and retrieve individual files from differential and full backups.


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Download version 2.5.9 (stable)
released on 21 January 2017

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LicenseVerified byVerified onNotes
GPLv2orlaterJanet Casey10 December 2003

Leaders and contributors

Denis Corbin Maintainer

Resources and communication

Audience Resource type URI
Bug Tracking Homepage
Support Mailing List Info/Archive
Help Mailing List Info/Archive
Help Newsgroup gmane.comp.sysutils.backup.dar.announce
Developer VCS Repository Webview
Bug Tracking VCS Repository Webview

Software prerequisites

Kind Description
Weak prerequisite Extended Attributes
Required to build zlib 1.1.4 or later
Required to build libbzip2

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 12 February 2017.


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