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Excluding a directory from tar

I've been trying to make a tarball of my home directory, but I want to
exclude ~/.cache. First I tried '--exclude="~/.cache", but it didn't
work. Neither did '--exclude="~/.cache/*".

I got it working by creating an empty file in ~/.cache and using the
filename as an argument to "--exclude-tag-under", but what was I doing
wrong when trying to use "--exclude"?

Petter, curious

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