Below is a log of instant message communication, to help with a tar command and also the alias command, courtesy of the jabber room email@example.com
(11:46:12) r: Thank you. When I try to use tar from the command terminal: tar -cjvf ./archivename.tar.bz2 ./* the result of the archive is a structure /folder1 /folder2 /folder 3 all under a folder named . (i.e. full stop). What I want is the archive to open with /folder1 /folder2 /folder3.
(11:50:56) MattJ: Hmm, what shell are you using?
(11:51:18) r: I think the default is bash (mandriva 2008)
(11:51:24) MattJ: Strange
(11:51:30) MattJ: Well, try just *
(11:51:33) MattJ: Instead of ./*
(12:00:33) r: Asterisk works, thank you! Learned something new also; ls shows the contents of a folder, but la seems to show the contents plus './' and '../'. Any idea why? 'Man la' did not yield any results so I don't know how to find out more...
(12:01:25) smoku: r, type 'alias[enter]' to find out why
(12:03:15) MattJ: r, la is probably set to be: ls -a
(12:03:26) r: Very good, thank you again; la=ls -a, which I do understand
(12:05:04) r: You guys should also be in the linux room so I can fire these silly questions in the relevant room. Pity there isn't a web site to host these types of chats; perhaps I should copy this converstion into linuxquestions, for the benefits of other novices such as myself.