Require assistance using tar to restore to a different directory

Posted on 2004-10-29
Last Modified: 2013-12-27
morning all,

I just updated from Solaris 9 to Solaris 10 (build 63). Previous to that, I did a backup of my users directories (well, only one, me) using tar. What I have done was 'tar cvf /dev/rmt/0 /home/ericd'.  On installing Solaris 10, I set up my user directories under /export/home, for example, /export/home/ericd. On Solaris 9, this was simply /home, i.e. /home/ericd.
The problem I currently have is that the restore will not work. The error message is as follows ===> tar: /home/ericd: Operation not applicable tar: cannot open /home/ericd/.java/blabla.

The closest thing I found was using the -C as such: tar xvf /dev/rmt/0 -C /export/home/ericd, but that aint working, it just sits there, looking dumb (or is that me sitting there, mmmm)

Any ideas?

Question by:ericdamphousse
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    cd to your destination directory, then use
      tar xf tarfile
    then you should get a ./home
    then do following:
      cd ..
     mv dir/home/ericd .

    Author Comment


    I am looking through the gnu tar to figure how I can achieve this.
    I tried your example ahoffman, but I get the same error as I did previously. Seems the problem is simply that I have archived using an absolute path and now need to restore to a diff path. I know for a fact that I have used to Sun tar when I initially did this


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    got it....

    here is how it goes, using the GNU Tar:
    /usr/local/bin/tar xvf /dev/rmt/0 -C /export

    This will reconstruct my home/ericd under export, i.e. /export/home/ericd, just the way I wanted.

    Thanks guys
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    Expert Comment

    You are welcome. I thought it will be worth-while not to spoon feed exact answer ;-)

    Author Comment

    That's fine by me :) thanks again

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