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Updating Linux GNU Tar from Source on CentOS

I was recently tasked with migrating a GitLab instance from one ContOS Linux server to another which required creating a backup of the existing system via the gitlab-backup CLI utility. When I read the GitLab docs on creating backups I learned that gitlab-backup requires at least a version of 1.3 for GNU Tar. As of this writing it turns out this is not possible using the yum package manager so, in this article I walk you through how to upgrade the tar compression utiltity from source.

By Adam McQuistan on 09/26/2019