For years, no decades, I've typed
tar tzf something,
something. Except when someone annoying sent an uncompressed tar
file and I had to then go and take out the
z in the middle.
bzip2, and we learned
tar xjf. OK, I could
live with that. One emerging problem was that the tab completion now
worked the wrong way around conceptually, because you had to pick and
type the right letter first in order to see the appropriate set of
files to unpack offered for completion.
lzma, which was (quick, guess?),
And then there was
lzop, which was too boring to get its own letter,
so you had to type out
tar -x --lzop -f.
lzma was short-lived, because then came
xz, which was also
lzma was now too boring as well to get its own letter.
Oh, and there is also the old
compress, which is
which I'd never heard of.
But stop that. Now there is
-a, --auto-compress use archive suffix to determine the compression program
This handles all the above compression programs, and no compression. So from now on, I always use
tar taf and
tar xaf. Awesome.
The finger movements will be almost the same on QWERTY and AZERTY, and easier than before on QWERTZ.
Actually, this option is already four years old in GNU tar. Funny I'd never heard of it until recently.