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Old 10-30-2006, 07:59 PM   #1
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find and tar

how do i use find with tar? command below tars the files twice. i tried with tar -rvf and same results.

find /etc -type f -name "*.bak" | xargs tar -cvf test.tar
Old 10-30-2006, 08:08 PM   #2
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what about locate test.tar first run updatedb if you never have then locate xxxx being whatever your looking for
Old 10-30-2006, 08:48 PM   #3
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Try the following:
find /etc -type f -name '*.bak' -print0 | tar cvf test.tar --null -T -

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Old 10-31-2006, 12:46 AM   #4
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My way:
find /etc -type f -name '*.bak' -exec tar cvf test.tar {} \;
-exec is an option of find
man find
Old 10-31-2006, 01:49 AM   #5
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@ebasi: tar's "c" option creates a new tar archive. Since find's -exec is executed for each file found, I suspect you'll be (re)creating the same test.tar file many times.

A not-so-nice work-around would be:
tar cvf test.tar dummy_file #creates tar
find /etc -type f -name '*.bak' -exec tar rvf test.tar {} \; #appends all *.bak files to tar
tar --delete -f test.tar dummy_file #removes dummy file again
Note that this work-around won't work for tar archives on tape.

slackamp, you could also try something like:
find /etc -type f -name '*.bak' > files2tar
tar --files-from=files2tar -v -f test.tar
rm files2tar


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