Package libarchive

A library for handling streaming archive formats

http://www.libarchive.org/

Libarchive is a programming library that can create and read several different
streaming archive formats, including most popular tar variants, several cpio
formats, and both BSD and GNU ar variants. It can also write shar archives and
read ISO9660 CDROM images and ZIP archives.

File Formats (Section 5)
cpio
The cpio archive format collects any number of files, directories, and other file system objects (symbolic links, device nodes, etc.) into a single stream of...
mtree
The mtree format is a textual format that describes a collection of filesystem objects. Such files are typically used to create or verify directory...
tar
The tar archive format collects any number of files, directories, and other file system objects (symbolic links, device nodes, etc.) into a single stream of...