Create Tar file in unix and split it to smaller segments

I need to split a large tar file for backup purposes on a unix system. I need to tar the /u/appl directory and then split into chunks less the 2gb in size. The following command is what I'm using now, but I get an error "Split: cannot open input".

tar cvf - /u/appl | split -b 1500m /u/backup/appl.backup.tar.gz

I'm sure there's a syntax error, as I can run the tar command by itself with no issue. I've tried to resolve but haven't been able to.
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nemws1Database AdministratorCommented:
You need to provide an input file parameter to split.  In this case, you want STDIN, so you just need a hyphen:

 tar cvf - /u/appl | split -b 1500m - /u/backup/appl.backup.tar.gz

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woolmilkporcCommented:
You must tell split which input to read. In your case it's stdin, expressed as "-"

tar czvf - /u/appl | split -d -b 1500m - /u/backup/appl.backup.tar.gz

"-d" tells split to use numeric suffixes. Use the "-z" flag of tar to compress.

Please be aware that you must concatenate the single input files before feeding them to tar for extracting!

cat /u/backup/appl.backup.tar.gz* | tar -xzvf -

tar is also able to create multi-volume archives.

If you know roundabout how big your input data will be you can do

tar -c -M -L 1536000 --file =/u/backup/appl.backup.tar1 --file =/u/backup/appl.backup.tar2 --file= /u/backup/appl.backup.tar3 --file =/u/backup/appl.backup.tar4

Note: You cannot use compression when the "-L" flag is in effect.

You can repeat the "--file" parameter as often as needed. "-L" specifies the chunk size in K.

You can also specify just one filename. tar will prompt you for the name of the next file once the amount of data specified by "-L" (in K) has been archived.. Answer the question "Prepare volume #n for 'archive' and hit return:" with "n new_file_name".

Finally, you can use a "new volume" script to get rid of the prompts. Here is how it works: http://www.gnu.org/software/tar/manual/tar.html#Using-Multiple-Tapes
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sdholden28Author Commented:
does stdin use temp space on /dev/root? That looks to be the case as I'm running into a space issue in my test environment. Can I direct the temp storage to /u somehow?
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woolmilkporcCommented:
stdin/stdout  do not use intermediate (temporary) disk space.
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nemws1Database AdministratorCommented:
split *might* be using temp space (I kinda doubt it, though).

Maybe just try this (make sure both tar and split use the temporary TMP location).

mkdir /u/tmp
chmod 700 /u/tmp
TMP=/u/tmp tar cvf - /u/appl | TMP=/u/tmp split -b 1500m - /u/backup/appl.backup.tar.gz

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sdholden28Author Commented:
Thanks gentlemen, got it sorted. Could've solved my problem with the info from nemws1 alone, but I greatly appreciate the extra info from woolmilkporc and I used it to implement a better solution, so I split the points. Thanks again.
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