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Old 08-21-2007, 08:30 PM   #1
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remove directory info from tar file


I have some tar files that are 3gb or larger. A listing of their contents shows that they have files that do not need to be backedup. I created a folder named "untarhere" to extract the file contents into. My question/problem is: How do I create a tar archive without it saving the "untarhere" folder name.

Directory layout:
# cd /untarhere
# ls
2007_Jul_12  2007_Jul_13 2007_Jul_14
If I run
# tar vcf ./2007_Jul_12.tar.gz /untarhere/2007_Jul_12
and then
# tar tf ./2007_Jul_12.tar.gz
I get
The output I want to see is this:
I do not want "/untarhere" to be saved in the tar file. How do I tell tar to do this?
Old 08-21-2007, 08:52 PM   #2
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Try using -C to change to untarhere first and then just specify the sub-directory of untarhere to back up:
tar -vcf ./2007_Jul_12.tar.gz -C /untarhere 2007_Jul_12
Does that do what you need?
Old 08-22-2007, 04:24 PM   #3
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Does what I need it to.


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