[thelist] Linux Tar Question

CDitty mail at redhotsweeps.com
Tue Jan 9 14:20:29 CST 2001

Looks like you are correct.  I saw the errors and didn't think to look and 
see the output.  Do you know how I can get rid of the messages that are 

Also, it seems that in my experimentation, that I created a file called 
--exclude=stats.  Any idea on how to delete it?  I tried rm -f 
"--exclude=stats", rm -f '--exclude=stats'.  Everytime, unknown option.

Thanks for the tip.


At 09:50 AM 1/9/01, you wrote:
>Are you sure that this didn't work?  Do a 'tar tf' on your file.  The
>two messages look like warnings.   The first is telling you that tar
>stripped off the leading / and the second is telling you that while
>tar'ing everything together, it found the file test.tar and realize
>that it was the tar archive itself so skipped it.
>CDitty writes:
> > I am writing a small php script to create a backup of my web server.  Can
> > anyone tell me a way (if possible) to exclude directories using tar?  I
> > have tried using the following commands, but they give errors.
> >
> > tar -cf --exclude=stats /home/httpd/html/galore/test.tar
> > /home/httpd/html/galore/
> > tar --exclude=stats -cf /home/httpd/html/galore/test.tar
> > /home/httpd/html/galore/
> >
> > This is the error I get.
> > tar: Removing leading `/' from member names
> > tar: /home/httpd/html/galore/test.tar: file is the archive; not dumped
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