cp and file selection
Gave your idea a try and still didn't get what I wanted. All the dot files/directories were copied and also all the non-dot ones as well. That's what I wanted to try and stop.
I am using Kubuntu 6.10 and trying to do backups to DVD+RW. I have tried KDar and K3B to back up this stuff and it doesn't work for me. KDar's big files (even when restricted to 4Gb) won't write correctly to DVD+RW using K3B. And if I try tar, when I try to load a DVD with a single large tar file it won't mount unless I go into a konsole and force it to mount. It shows up as blank media and gives me a malformed URL error.
I am trying to build a Bash script to selectively copy to directories that I can burn to DVD+RW with K3B as a series of uncompressed directories/files. For this step all I want is the dot directories and files from my home. I could copy everything and delete the stuff I don't want, but that is not a correct solution. I guess I'll just keep poking around for now and see if I can get an automated solution.