Ok, I feel like a newbie on this question but;
I am trying to pipe a find command to 'tar -cvf' to create a tar archive. I have tried all the techniques that I can find or think of and this is what's happening.
I have a data directory that I would like to backup files that are older than 365days using tar and then delete the files from the data directory. There are some directories in the path that I want to exclude from the backup. And yes, I know there is other methods of doing this; but right now I am very curious as to why the below method is not working.
The results that I am getting.
# This works as expected: Tar archive only contains files&folders older than 365days.
find /path-example/ -mtime +365 | xargs tar -cvf /backup-dir/example.tar
# This command creates a tar archive with EVERYTHING in /path-example/
# seems to ignore my options.
find /path-example/ -name "*DIR_TO_EXCLUDE*" -prune -o -mtime +365 | xargs tar -cvf /backup-dir/example.tar
# I have also tried to exclude with tar,
find /path-example/ -mtime +365 | xargs -iXXX tar -cvf /backup-dir/example.tar XXX --exlcude="*DIR_TO_EXCLUDE/*"
# and it's still backing up everything in /path-example/
# however the find command returns what I expect to stdout when I run just the find command
find /path-example/ -name "*DIR_TO_EXCLUDE*" -prune -o -mtime +365
Is this a bug? or is this expected results and I am just missing something?
either way it's sure bugging the heck out of me
I am using:
CentOS release 5.4 (Final)
2.6.18-164.6.1.el5 #1 SMP Tue Nov 3 16:18:27 EST 2009 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux