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I'm building a tar file on a directory that contains subversion (".svn") subdirectories.

The problem is I want to tar us everything UNLESS!! it lives in a .svn sub directory.

The command I'm currently using is:
  tar -cvf mytar.tar myRootDir

How do I filter out any subversion directories?
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Question by:tmonteit
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by:ozo
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find myrootdir -name '*.svn*; -prune -or \! -type d -print | xags   tar -rvf -X mytar.tar
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Hi,

I am not sure if I understand you correctly that you want to tar all the files "except" those that under the .svn subdirectory.  If that is the case, you can use the "exclude" flag:

$ tar -cvf mytar.tar myRootDir --exclude "myRootDir/.svn"
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GNU tar has its own mechanism to filter out unwanted directories - no need to use find, as slyong mentioned.
If you want to exclude *all* .svn directories, use

tar -cf mytar.tar --exclude .svn myRootDir

tar's default is *not* anchored - i.e. .svn can be a component anywhere in the directory tree
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sylong had the right answer but duncan had the better explanation :  points split.
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