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Old 03-27-2006, 06:50 AM   #1
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tar saves absolute path

Hi, i have a problem.
When i try to create an archive, tar command saves absolute paths in it, even if option P is not specified.
It displays "tar: Removing leading `/' from member names" message, but full path ( /home/myname/somefolder....... ) is saved inside archive.
Have anyone encountered same problem?
I'm using "tar (GNU tar) 1.15.1".

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Old 03-27-2006, 07:24 AM   #2
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Sure, that is the normal and expected behavior. There is nothing wrong with the resulting tar file. That message is just a warning.
If you want that message is not displayed just specify the path without a absolute specification.
# cd /
# tar -cf /tmp/backup.tar etc lib boot
# cd /usr
# tar -cf /tmp/X11.tar X11
This is in that way so you can restore a backup in another location. e.g. suppose your /usr partition is offline and you are mounting it on /mnt/temp.
# mkdir /mnt/temp
# mount /dev/hda7 /mnt/temp
# cd /mnt/temp
# tar -xpf /tmp/X11.tar
Old 03-27-2006, 07:43 AM   #3
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Thanks, you've saved me a lot of time


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