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excluding files w/ tar

Hi everyone,

i'm trying to back up an old suse box so that i can
clear it off and install debian.  anyway, i want to
tar up basically everything (except for the obvious
stuff like proc, /tmp/, /dev, etc.) so i've made an
excludes file:

$ cat /tmp/excludes

then i'm using this command to tar it up:
$ tar cv -X /tmp/excludes -p --atime-preserve * -- |
netcat 80

but all the directories in my excludes file are still
being backed up! where am i going wrong?

Cameron Matheson

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