I learned that you can pass tar output as input to gzip in the same line. I tried something similar with rsync and it give me an error saying to please see help files. I was just wondering if rsync doesn't support doing this or not. any ideas?
I don't think you can do this with rsync, as it will not output data to stdout like tar can. Also, most versions of tar these days support the "-z" or "-j" flags to compress the archive using gzip or bzip2, respectively, so that old "tar cf -|gzip - > filename" hack is redundant.
What are you trying to do? If you want to make compressed backups of a remote machine, consider using something like 'ssh user@host tar cfz - directory > localfile.tar.gz'
It's just a normal backup of myhome directory. I'm still getting up to speed, but the reference fook I'm attemting to use is evidently out of date. It's from about 1999 and much
in the world of Linux has changed since then. So tar will now compress?