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tar with --newer-mtime includes all the directories

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hello, each night i am running the command

/bin/tar cfz $TARFILENAME --newer-mtime=\"$yesterday 00:00:01-06:00\" /home

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It is finding and adding all the files modified OK, but also adding every directory. For my system that is over a GIG and yet total modified files are only a couple 100MB

I looked at the doc and there wasn't anything that jumped out.  tar --incremental will not work in my situation

thanks for any suggestions/help
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Duncan Roe earned 500 total points
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I think it's inherent in the way tar works. It dumps each directory as it comes to it and then applies the selection criterion to each non-directory file system object therein.
However you can accomplish what you want with a combination of findtar. find's newerXY test can implement the date spec you use
find /home -newermt "yesterday 00:00:01-06:00" -not -type d | tar -T- -czf $TARFILENAME

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Be sure to specify -not -type d or it may find /work for example
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I think it is looking for modification time of the dir which could be true if any file is added / removed.

find option given above is good for finding all files modified and then adding to tar.
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