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Re: excluding files w/ tar

On Wed, Jun 01, 2005 at 11:00:18AM -0700, Cameron Matheson wrote:
> 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
> /tmp/*
> /dev/*
> *oldstuff*
> /proc
> /var/tmp/*
> /home/suse
> 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?

I think the match is done against the file as it named by tar, which,
in the absence of this option of tar:

       -P, --absolute-names
	                 don't strip leading `/'s from file names

would be, for example, "./tmp/", not  "/tmp/".

Try putting ./tmp/* instead of /tmp/* and so on in /tmp/excludes, or, if you
never make mistakes, use -P (dangerous when extracting).


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