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Old 12-23-2004, 08:56 AM   #1
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tar exclude-from

I have tried the following commands:

tar -cvzf test.tar.gz -X excluded_files .
tar -cvzf test.tar.gz --exclude-from=excluded_files .
with the following entries in excluded_files file:
for some reason it doesn't work. all the files get added to the archive. if i explicitely name each of the patterns on the command line it works fine.

tar -cvzf test.tar.gz --exclude=*.mp3 --exclude=*.ogg --exclude=*.wma .
Any ideas what I am doing wrong in the first example. Is the syntax of the exclude file wrong? I put one entry per line as it says in the man pages of tar.

Thanks in advance for any help,
Old 12-23-2004, 01:10 PM   #2
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I would try to use find to build the exclude list, like

find /home -name "*.mp3" > excluded_files
find /home -name "*.wma" >> excluded_files


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