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Old 10-18-2011, 12:11 PM   #1
metallica1973
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Tar using include-file and exclude file one liner?


Can someone show me an example of using tar to backup a directories and files using an include-file and exclude-file together in a one liner? So basically backup these files and exclude So for example:

Code:
cat include.mydirs

/home/testuser/Documents/paths.exchange
/home/testuser/Documents/report.pdf
/home/testuser/Documents
/home/testuser/lf5/mru_file_manager
/home/testuser/lf5
/home/testuser/brookshire
/home/testuser/
Code:
cat exclude.mydirs
/home/testuser/.*
/home/testuser/Downloads*
/home/testuser/Pictures*
Code:
tar czXf /home/testuser/exclude.mydirs backup.dirs.tgz `/bin/cat /home/testuser/include.mydirs`
or

Code:
tar -zcvf backup.dirs.tar.gz -X exclude.mydirs `/bin/cat /home/testuser/include.mydirs`
??

Last edited by metallica1973; 10-18-2011 at 03:33 PM.
 
Old 10-18-2011, 01:07 PM   #2
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Here we go:
Code:
tar zcf backup.dirs.tgz --files-from=include.mydirs --exclude-from=exclude.mydirs --no-recursion
Don't forget the --no-recursion option at the end.

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Old 10-18-2011, 03:18 PM   #3
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too easy. Many thanks

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Old 10-18-2011, 03:32 PM   #4
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Many thanks

one more question. when I run the tar command I get this in the beginning:

Code:
tar: Removing leading `/' from member names
and at the end when it finishes but it works fine:

Code:
tar: Exiting with failure status due to previous errors
.Just curious when I see erorrs. It appears to strip the "/" from the file when reading include.mydirs

any ideas ??
 
Old 10-18-2011, 08:04 PM   #5
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Try adding the -v (verbose ) flag to help see error msgs.
The default for tar is to remove leading '/', so that tarball contents are relocatable on restore.
You can prevent that
Quote:
-P, --absolute-names
don't strip leading '/'s from file names
http://linux.die.net/man/1/tar
 
Old 10-20-2011, 02:25 PM   #6
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Awesome, Many thanks
 
  


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