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  • n. A ball of tar or crude oil found on a beach
  • n. A file that is an archive of several other files created using the Unix “tar” utility.


tar +‎ ball (Wiktionary)


  • A tar file, which is sometimes called a tarball, is a compressed file.

  • Linux needs to realise that the public donot want to learn a languge more complicated than Icelandic just to make their PC work, They want to go to sites to download Apps just like they can in Windows and I mean real apps not some "tarball" you have to spend three hours figuring out how to unlock

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  • "tarball" but they have been proven over and over to come from naturally occurring oil seeps.

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  • Instead, designate the virtual machine as the default application delivery mechanism rather than a Windows installer or a tarball.

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  • I made several trips to the gulf this summer, starting before the oil had even reached land (I wrapped up the first tarball I saw in a piece of notebook paper, as evidence I'd actually seen it).

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  • Can I download somewhere tarball without using launchpad, ppa and bzr?

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  • Extract the downloaded tarball and choose your preferred coloured icon

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  • However, in a rather awesome stroke the developer does provide. psd's for various icons and logos within the Buzzbird. tarball allowing any budding designer to step up to the plate and beautify this impressively promising application.

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  • People should of course stay away from oil on the beach or in the water, but swallowing a little oil-tainted water or getting slimed by a tarball is not considered grounds for a trip to the emergency room, health officials say.

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  • "I felt guilty because I found the whole process fascinating and a creative challenge," Breen told 'Riffs of his tarball trek, which yielded five powerful political cartoons.

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  • the 'tar' side of tarball for the unix definition comes from Tape ARchive

    September 14, 2013

  • Wow. Just found out those little things on the beach are remnants of oil spills. NOAA article here.

    April 29, 2010