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Old 02-08-2004, 12:33 PM   #1
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tar backup & restore of current directory


I've been able to backup and restore a directory and its subdirectories using tar cvf foo.tar foo/ and tar xvf foo.tar.

This works well when I have a whole directory and subdirectory structure to archive and restore.

However, I need to create an archive of a web directory on my server, upload it to an ISP's web server and then extract the archive in the web root directory.

This means that I don't need the archived top level directory, but I haven't yet discovered a way to archive the current directory files and the subdirectories.

I've tried

tar cvf - find . -print > backup.tar (O'Reilly)

but I get the following error

"You may not specify more than one `-Acdtrux' option"

Has anyone any ideas as to how I may do this?

Old 02-08-2004, 01:12 PM   #2
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I run this from the directory which I want to backup. It does the sub directories also......
Note: the place where the file gets stored is /home/backup/ in my case and the directory to get backed up is represented by the period ( . ) at the end.
Using the current date for the file name.

filename=`date '+%m%d%y'`
tar -cvzf /home/backup/${filename}.tar.gz .
Old 02-09-2004, 01:30 AM   #3
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To archive the current directory and all subdirs, you could just do a
tar -cvf backup.tar *
(you would add a "z" to gzip it)
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Thanks for the guidance. I've tried both suggestions and they have done what I needed.

Best regards,


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