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Old 01-06-2009, 03:48 PM   #16
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Thanks for for all the information guys
Old 02-09-2010, 08:19 PM   #17
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Just wanted to say thanks for a great thread. I personally skipped the absolute paths (P) option and just navigated to the directory containing the folder I wanted to tar, e.g.

Note: This was in OSX 10.4

tar -cjf /Volumes/ TESTTHIS
instead of
tar -cjf /Volumes/ /foo/TESTTHIS

Wanted to post a side note for OSX users, you may want to consider running
Mac OS X v10.4 and later: How to prevent .DS_Store file creation over network connections
defaults write DSDontWriteNetworkStores true
OS X, tar and Resource Forks

if you're in a multi-OS environment.


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