how can I gzip directory without following symbolic links
I am using CentOS 6.2 and I am trying to make a backup of my website directory. The directory has a symbolic link to user_files which are located at /home/user_files. Here is the listing:
[root@web04 uploads]# ls -lrt
lrwxrwxrwx. 1 root root 16 Apr 13 01:29 user_files -> /home/user_files
The man pages for gzip say this:
" Gzip will only attempt to compress regular files. In particular, it will ignore symbolic links."
So I tried to do the following gzip command:
gzip -cvr mysite > mysite.gz
But whenever I do this, I can see it diving into the user_files directory and trying to zip up every file in the site. What am I doing wrong?