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I need to tar two different directories at the same time. Is it possible to execute two instances of tar in parallel?

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Try parallel:

parallel tar -f {}.tar {} ::: directory1 directory2
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There are several possibilities:

1) Use screen

2) Put them in background with & in the end of command line

3) CRON job with the same time of execution.

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