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Old 04-21-2011, 12:53 PM   #1
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command for tar'ing multiple sub-directories into a single tar file


Hello,

I'm trying to move an entire subdirectory with it's associated files and subdirectories from one server to another using scp. I'm told one way to do this is to tar the subdirectory into a single .tar file.

I've seen examples of the command to tar up multiple single files into a single .tar file. I've not seen an example of how to do this to a full subdirectory and it's associated subdirectories into a single .tar file.

for example, if I wanted to tar a subdirectory called /main and all its subdirectories and files into a single file called main_backup.tar would I execute:

tar -cvf main_backup.tar /main

or

tar -cvf main_backup.tar /main/

or

tar -cvf main_backup.tar /main/*

???

Thanks! I appreciate your time and consideration.


Blaine
 
Old 04-21-2011, 01:56 PM   #2
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tar -cvf main_backup.tar /main

This will create a tar file with everything in /main and any subdirectories.
Tar will remove leading slashes when it creates the tar file. This makes it easier to restore the directory tree at a different location.
 
Old 04-21-2011, 02:55 PM   #3
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Hi, Mike...

That didn't seem to work... I keep getting an error message:


tar -cvf /tmp/main2_backup.tar /main2
tar: Removing leading `/' from member names
tar: /main2: Cannot stat: No such file or directory
tar: Error exit delayed from previous errors
[root@mmeng tmp]# tar -cvf main2_backup.tar /main2
tar: Removing leading `/' from member names
tar: /main2: Cannot stat: No such file or directory
tar: Error exit delayed from previous errors


Any thoughts?

Thanks!

Blaine
 
Old 04-21-2011, 03:05 PM   #4
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Found it... I just needed to prefix the ../main2 with the upper level directory or /tmp/main2 and it worked...

Thanks!

Blaine
 
  


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