I need to store files in archives, but not compress them.
The archive manager that comes with Ubuntu 10.04 takes too long, and doesn't have the option to only store (not compress) files.
The fastest and easiest method to create an uncompressed tar archive is a Nautilus context menu installed by default.
After selection of a directory or files press the right mouse button to select "Compress..." from the context menu. In the following window choose .tar from the dropdown list, give a sensible name and a storage location for the archive, then press Create.
Use the Tar uncompressed (.tar) format in Archive Manager
The screenshots below explain it:
The .tar format, which Archive Manager supports, will do this for you.
The .tar format by itself will store multiple files in a container, without any compression.
Most decent archiving software, even for Windows and Mac, will understand .tar files.
Just press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open Terminal. When it opens, run the commands below.
The example above: Lets assume that you want to add all the files in the pictures folder, into an archive named pics, with no compression (store Only) and you want the file to be stored in the same folder.
Where is the folder or file you want to archive? /home/user/home/pictures
In which folder, do you want the output file(s) to be placed? /home/user/home/pictures
What would you like to name the output file(s)? pics
What level of compression do you want? No Compression