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tar Directory Exclude

I'm writing a backup routine to .tar the contents of selected
directories.  That's the easy part.  Here's the problem.
I was to EXCLUDE the directory 'logs' from all the selected
directories to tar.

So say I tar recursively from my root directory using the "*"
wildcard. That would tar everything.  But I want to exclude any
directories called 'logs', but sill tar recursively from the root.

Somebody suggested this so far, but it did't work, here's
my comments about it.

>find -type d -name logs -print > exclude_this
>tar cvXf exclude_this backup_filename *

I don't think this works.  The first line does give
me a list of all the 'logs' directories. But the tar line doesn't seem
to work.  As far as I can tell, tar doesn't have an 'exclude' option,
thus the file 'exclude_this' was ignored and everything was tar'ed
anyway.


Any Ideas? Thanks!

Chris
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jos010697Commented:
Don't you hate those different tar implementations ... I bet
you're running an AIX machine. If your tar supports it,
you could use the -L flag though, indicating whicht files
to include in the tar archive. The -L flag needs a file
as its argument. The file contains the names of the files
to include in the tar archive. Build the include file as follows:

find . -name log -prune -o -print > include_this

build the tar archive as follows:

tar cvLf include_this backup_filename

kind regards,

Jos


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leendertCommented:
Hi there,

alternatively you can use zip / unzip for backup purposes. This
will compress the files while creating one big file.

To exclude the log directories you would use it like this :

zip -r <Dest_file> <Source Dirs> -x log

This will exclude all the log directories from the zip file
created.  You can then use tar to put the .zip files on a tape.

Hope this will help you...

Leendert.

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leendertCommented:
Hi there,

alternatively you can use zip / unzip for backup purposes. This
will compress the files while creating one big file.

To exclude the log directories you would use it like this :

zip -r <Dest_file> <Source Dirs> -x log

This will exclude all the log directories from the zip file
created.  You can then use tar to put the .zip files on a tape.

The sources for zip and unzip can be found anywhere on the WEB.

Hope this will help you...

Leendert.

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