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Create tar backup from file list

Posted on 2010-11-23
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Hi,
 I have a text file with ~200 files and folders names and complete paths of files in Linux (Debian Lenny) system that I want to backup to .tar archive.

FolderAndFilesList.txt:
/etc/resolv.conf
/etc/init.d/xdaemon.sh
/opt/conf/

Which GUI o CLI software can I use to create backup archive like this:
tar -cpf /media/backups/BackupFile.tar xxxxunknownoption < FolderAndFilesList.txt

Thank you.
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by:nilayaksa
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I think you can do with "tar cvf yourarchive.tar -l yourfilelist
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Create an empty archive file, and then do an update as in:

while read x; do tar -uvf test.tar $x; done <file.list

The -u switch will append to the archive any new or modified files. Starting with an empty archive (or at least one with a seed file) will record only the files listed in file.list.
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by:matasimi
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It is works!
Thank you!
Also I  found that tar command has an option "-T":
tar -cpf BackupFile.tar -T FolderAndFilesList.txt"

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by:hfraser
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Well that's an even better solution. I'm ashamed I missed it.
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