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Old 04-27-2012, 09:32 AM   #1
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how can I gzip directory without following symbolic links

I am using CentOS 6.2 and I am trying to make a backup of my website directory. The directory has a symbolic link to user_files which are located at /home/user_files. Here is the listing:

[root@web04 uploads]# ls -lrt
total 0
lrwxrwxrwx. 1 root root 16 Apr 13 01:29 user_files -> /home/user_files

The man pages for gzip say this:

" Gzip will only attempt to compress regular files. In particular, it will ignore symbolic links."

So I tried to do the following gzip command:
gzip -cvr mysite > mysite.gz

But whenever I do this, I can see it diving into the user_files directory and trying to zip up every file in the site. What am I doing wrong?
Old 04-27-2012, 03:21 PM   #2
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tar will not follow sym links, it will use gzip compression on the fly with the z option.
$ tar /webdir -zcvf webdir.tar.gz


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