That’s mystifying to me, probably because I use it on a weekly basis as a bland, uncompressed file bundler. For me,
tar cvvf package.tar file1 file2 file3 is certainly no challenge to remember. I can think of far more complex and unintuitive software in the Linux landscape.
For those who can’t handle the challenge of remembering c and v and f and tarname and filename, they may want to look into tarman.
It’s been a while since our last fullscreen archive manager — 2a, if I remember right. tarman pulls the same stunt as 2a, but does it in a cleaner fashion, I believe.
Or alternatively, enter an archive (tarman seems to be able to handle bzip2-compressed tar archives; it may know others too), select a file, press e and it will be extracted. Ta-da! Again!
Press F1 or ? for in-your-face help cues. Press q to quit.
As for faults, I can only mention a flickering effect on each keypress. I think tarman is trying to refresh the display at every keystroke, and the redraw is flashing as a result. A little irritating, but minor, and probably something that can be corrected.
That’s about it. Not a lot to it, and it does the job well.
And you avoid all the stress of trying to remember three letters and a couple of names. 🙄 👿