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Re: UNIX OT: exclude files in tar

From: Mladen Gogala <>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2003 07:19:25 -0800
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tar cvf /tmp/test1.tar `perl -e 'foreach On 11/25/2003 12:24:26 AM, Ross Collado wrote:
> Hello,
> On Solaris 8
> I can't seem to get the tar command right. I wanted to tar a directory but
> EXCLUDE one of the subdirectory in it.
> Example:
> /home/user01
> /home/user01/mark01
> /home/user01/mark01/ask.txt
> /home/user01/mark01/ghost.txt
> /home/user01/mark02
> /home/user01/mark02/ask.txt
> /home/user01/mark02/ghost.txt
> /home/user01/mark03
> /home/user01/mark03/ask.txt
> /home/user01/mark03/ghost.txt

Here is how to do it:
Create script called /tmp/ containing the following:

open FL,"find /home -print|"||die "Cannot open file:$!\n"; $pattern="\/mark03\/";
while (<FL>) {
  if (/$pattern/) { next; }
  print "$_\n";

Purists will cringe when seeing a script without "use strict" and executing "find" but it's short and it works.

Next, you chmod /tmp/ to 700 and do tar cvf /mydir/myfile.tar `/tmp/`

It works each and every time.
Mladen Gogala
Oracle DBA

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