Using tar

I'm really annoyed here....

I'm a beginner on the HP-UX system, my expirience comes from the Linux OS. Here is a problem that really annoyes me...

I'm doing a:  tar cf /etc/passwd mytar.tar

When I'm untaring this with: tar xvf mytar.tar
then I extract the file with the absolute path !!!   Which I'm not used to from the GNU environment.

I want to extract my files relative... or more exact... I want to archive them without the absolute path   ( drop / )

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First, I assume you mean tar cf mytar.tar /etc/passwd, or you'll blow away your passwd file.

Also, the HP-UX behavior is the way every other Unix system I've ever seen works with tar, and I'd be very surprised if gnutar works like this by default.

Meanwhile, if you don't want absolute paths in your tar archive, try creating it like this:
  tar cf mytar.tar -C /etc passwd
  cd /etc && tar cf mytar.tar passwd

This even works for the whole system, as you can always do something like this:
  tar cf /dev/rmt/0m -c / .

If you need more control than this, try using the pax command instead (pax is a replacement for tar and cpio that is a lot more flexible than either).  Or, if you really like gnutar, you can get gnutar binaries for HP-UX from

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