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Old 03-31-2007, 11:22 AM   #1
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tar backup of an XP directory

I have a dual boot system: linux and XP. As root I mounted XP with:
mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/windows
In the config for my backup script I have
Documents\ and\ Settings/Ed\ H/My\ Documents/

The error messages that I get when trying to backup XP are:

Backing Up
Documents\ and\ Settings/Ed\ H/My\ Documents/ on hebrews-Mar-31-07.win_c.tgz
tar: Documents\\: Cannot stat: No such file or directory
tar: and\\: Cannot stat: No such file or directory
tar: Settings/Edward\\: Cannot stat: No such file or directory
tar: Heaney/My\\: Cannot stat: No such file or directory
tar: Documents: Cannot stat: No such file or directory
tar: Error exit delayed from previous errors

Any suggestions?
Old 03-31-2007, 11:37 AM   #2
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I think I would be possibly a quotation problem in DOS_C_BK_DIR variable definition.
Man bash, section Quotation
Old 03-31-2007, 03:39 PM   #3
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Quotation Problem in backup script

You probably need to put quotations around your variable when calling tar.
Try something like:


DOS_C_BK_DIR=A\ Test\ Directory

tar -cf test.tar "$DOS_C_BK_DIR"



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