Solved

Exclude files/directores while tar extraction

Posted on 2010-11-22
5
1,022 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-10
I used "tar -cvzf clone.tgz /" to backup the root directory '/' on my ubuntu 9.10 server. Now I want to extract it on a newly installed machine. How could I exclude files and directories while tar extraction.
For extraction I'll be using "tar -xvpzf clone.tgz -C /" which overwrites all the files and directories.

Let say I want to exclude the directory '/etc/udev/' and a file '/home/file1' while Extracting the tar file. Is it possible to do so?
0
Comment
Question by:Thyagaraj03
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 2
  • 2
5 Comments
 
LVL 23

Accepted Solution

by:
Maciej S earned 250 total points
ID: 34194402
Use exclude.
tar -xvpzf clone.tgz --exclude "/etc/udev" --exclude "/home/file1" -C /

Open in new window

0
 

Author Comment

by:Thyagaraj03
ID: 34194698
For checking, I created tar of  /etc/ and /home and tried to extract on a directory called 'test' with the following command:

tar -xvpzf clone.tgz --exclude "/etc/udev" --exclude "/home/file1" -C /test/

The 'test' directory has the udev dir. and the file1 in the respective directories. What I'm doing wrong?.
0
 
LVL 16

Assisted Solution

by:Blaz
Blaz earned 250 total points
ID: 34195304
Try removing leading /

tar -xvpzf clone.tgz --exclude "etc/udev" --exclude "home/file1" -C /test/

0
 
LVL 23

Expert Comment

by:Maciej S
ID: 34195485
Post output of "tar ztf clone.tgz" command.
0
 

Author Comment

by:Thyagaraj03
ID: 34202592
Thanks a lot!. Blaz made a small change and it worked.
0

Featured Post

Ransomware: The New Cyber Threat & How to Stop It

This infographic explains ransomware, type of malware that blocks access to your files or your systems and holds them hostage until a ransom is paid. It also examines the different types of ransomware and explains what you can do to thwart this sinister online threat.  

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

This article will explain how to establish a SSH connection to Ubuntu through the firewall and using a different port other then 22. I have set up a Ubuntu virtual machine in Virtualbox and I am running a Windows 7 workstation. From the Ubuntu vi…
Google Drive is extremely cheap offsite storage, and it's even possible to get extra storage for free for two years.  You can use the free account 15GB, and if you have an Android device..when you install Google Drive for the first time it will give…
Connecting to an Amazon Linux EC2 Instance from Windows Using PuTTY.
How to Install VMware Tools in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4 (RHEL 6.4) Step-by-Step Tutorial

751 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question