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Zipping A Directory In Linux Terminal

How do I zip files in Linux so that I cam email them to my friend? How do I zip files on server using the shell prompt?
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How can I keep out certain files when creating a tarball? For example:

/home/me/file1
/home/me/dir1
/home/me/dir2
/home/me/abc
/home/me/xyz

How do I exclude zyz and abc file while using a tar command?
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Backup Home Directories in Linux

Q. I would like to Backup all directories in /home to /dev/st0 tape drive. How do I use script to automate task and what commands do I need to use?
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How do I use tar command over secure ssh session?
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How do I open rar archive files under Linux / UNIX operating systems?
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