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Old 01-30-2005, 04:54 PM   #1
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Tar backup


Hi all.

I have a server that holds alot of important data, but is also used for people to dump files on.

I have a weekly backup that runs on the server and backs the share up to a tar file on a seperate drive. Because of the not so important stuff people are uploading, it is filling the drive.

Is there a way I can specify which folders to add to the tar directory? I really don't want to have to back up 30 or 40 folders one by one.

Thanks alot.

Regs
Craig
 
Old 01-30-2005, 06:57 PM   #2
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Code:
tar czf example.tar.gz /directory1 /directory2 /directory3
 
Old 01-30-2005, 10:03 PM   #3
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There's also an --exclude option and --exclude-from <file> where <file> would have a list of directories to exclude. This assumes you're using GNU tar.
 
Old 02-06-2005, 03:14 PM   #4
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Thanks alot guys!!! Sorry about the long delay.

With the -exclude-from way, I don't suppose there is a way to have a file like that, but an include file? So I can put the folders that I want backed up in there? So any other files that are added are just ignored and not backed up?

Thanks alot.
Craig

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Old 02-06-2005, 05:17 PM   #5
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  -T, --files-from=NAME        get names to extract or create from file NAME
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Old 02-07-2005, 10:43 PM   #6
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Hi Tink,

Sorry about this, just so I understand correctly....

tar -cf --files-from=filestobackup.txt /tarfile.tar

And inside of filestobackup.txt would be like the below?...

----------------------------------------------
/root/secret.txt
/home/johndoe
/etc
/var/www
---------------------------------------------


And that would create a backup of those files, and then allow me to extract them to where they originally were?

Thanks for your help.
>Craig
 
Old 02-07-2005, 11:32 PM   #7
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Originally posted by TheRealDeal
Sorry about this, just so I understand correctly....

tar -cf --files-from=filestobackup.txt /tarfile.tar

And inside of filestobackup.txt would be like the below?...
Close, not sure the position would work like that,
though ... the 'f' in '-cf' wants its argument immediately,
so the --blurb is not quite what it expected ...

I'd do
tar -T filestobackup.txt -czf tarfile.tgz

Quote:
----------------------------------------------
/root/secret.txt
/home/johndoe
/etc
/var/www
---------------------------------------------


And that would create a backup of those files, and then allow me to extract them to where they originally were?

Thanks for your help.
>Craig :)
Got that right mate :)


Cheers,
Tink
 
Old 02-08-2005, 03:25 PM   #8
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Thanks Tink
 
  


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