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 returned? 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. chris 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. > >Dean > > >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 > >--------------------------------------- >For unsubscribe and other options, including >the Tip Harvester and archive of TheList go to: >http://lists.evolt.org Workers of the Web, evolt !