Re: tar cvfz test.tar.gz / gives error while untaring
On Sun, Feb 29, 2004 at 09:33:48PM +0100, Oliver Fuchs wrote:
> On Sun, 29 Feb 2004, s. keeling wrote:
> > cd /
> > tar cvzf /somewhere/test.tgz .
> > cd /somewhere
> > tar tvzf test.tgz
> > Note the "." btw, tarring the whole root dir will tar the entire
> > filesystem, including everything that's mounted off the root
> > filesystem. man tar to find out how not to do that.
> Yes surely, I did a lot of --exclude=/mnt --exclude=/dev ... that was not the
> What I do not understand is:
> I am in directory /home/me/TAR_EXAMPLE
> Now I want to tar directory /tmp for example then I do
> tar cvzf temp.test.tar.gz /tmp
> Afterwards I receive in the directory /home/me/TAR_EXAMPLE the archive
> temp.test.tar.gz which can be untared without any problems.
> But ... trying to do
> tar cvzf root.test.tar.gz / --exclude=home --exclude=/dev
> I receive the archive root.test.tar.gz in directory /home/me/TAR_EXAMPLE
> but trying to untar it gives me the mkdir-error-message.
> Why is tar not processing the / directory like any other directory and why is
> it adding a / when tar xvzf cannot untar it?
> So the conclusion would be that trying to tar the / directory I have to cd
> into that directory to make it working while with any other directory I can
> start the tar-process from where ever I want?
I don't think it should do that without the "-P" switch. What version
are you running? My quick check (as root or not was the same):
Script started on Sun Feb 29 14:59:32 2004
chris:~> tar cvzf root.tgz /
tar: Removing leading `/' from member names
tar (GNU tar) 1.13.25
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