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Old 08-16-2008, 02:13 AM   #1
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tar questions

I have not found anything obvious in the tar docs that explain this, but I was wondering if any pros know how to do any of the following:

Let's say I want to tar a directory, but only include files not folders. Is there a simple way to do this?

What if I want to tar everything in a directory, but exclude one particular file or folder (or a few)?

I may think of some more questions, but these are most pressing to me.
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There's the pretty clear --exclude option that you can look up for the second question

In answer to the first, I suspect the answer is not easily, but let me see if I understand what you mean. If this is your structure

you want to tar file_1, file_2 and file_3 (but not as directory/file_3)

What you'd need to do is some form of loop through and sub-directories using -C and --no-recursion while concatonating files to the tarball. However if file_3 was also called file_2 I think you'll have some issues.

If you mean that you just want to tar file_1 and file_2, then --no-recursion should get you there.

Note that tar wants to include the path from where you start unless you use -C
Old 08-16-2008, 02:52 AM   #3
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You could use find -type f to present the file list and use tar's ability to read the file list from STDIN.


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