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Old 02-06-2006, 09:43 AM   #1
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Tar command

Hi, basically im trying to copy a directory tree named a/b/c to another directory tree backup/options both located on my home directory(cd). Ive been messing around with the tar commands but nothing seems to work. Any help would be great.

Old 02-06-2006, 10:10 AM   #2
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errr, sorry come again :? What are you trying to do?

Maybe you want: man rsync
rsync -av /src/foo/ /dest/foo

or maybe: ls > ~/somedir/textfile.txt

Or a simple: cp -R ./source ./destination

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Old 02-06-2006, 10:11 AM   #3
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You could use cp (with the -r option so that it will recursively grab directories) for this. tar is usually if you want to backup the data into a single file in case it needs to be restored at a later date, or you are moving data to a different machine. To copy your directory tree, you'd just

cp -r ~/a/b/c/* ~/backup/option
Assuming that you only want to backup from that c directory and down. Note that if you omit the /* from the source name, you'll end up with a ~/backup/option/c directory which may or may not be what you want. If you want to do from ~/a down, then it would be just

cp -r ~/a/* ~/backup/option
Tryto keep it simple. In this case, there is no real need to use tar when a simple cp will do. I tried to figure out how to tar/untar in the same command using a pipe, and couldn't figure it out. And really, if it can be done with a single command with no pipes, that will be your best bet, especially should something go wrong ... less steps to look through.

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Old 02-06-2006, 11:01 AM   #4
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you should hava to read 'man tar'. tar -cf tes.tar a/b/c is command to create *.tar.


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