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# 1  
Old 07-20-2010
spaces in filename

Hello I canīt find an answer to my problem.
I am trying to tar some files with spaces

Code:
#!/bin/sh
files="/var/installer/server Config
/var/installer/client user
/var/installer/Svenskt Language
/var/installer/GUI user Plugin
/var/installer/Firefox Plugin"

tar -czvf /tmp/files.tar.gz $files

I have tried escaping the spaces with \ but still errors
# 2  
Old 07-20-2010
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lusen
Code:
tar -czvf /tmp/files.tar.gz $files

How about ...

Code:
tar -czvf /tmp/files.tar.gz "$files"

# 3  
Old 07-20-2010
Code:
tar -czvf /tmp/files.tar.gz "$files"

It tries the whole variable as one file name

tar: /var/installer/server Config
/var/installer/client user
/var/installer/Svenskt Language
/var/installer/GUI user Plugin
/var/installer/Firefox Plugin: No such file or directory

if i use one variable to each file it works
Code:
tar -czvf /tmp/files.sat.tar.gz $file1 $file2 $file3

but after 20 files it is difficult to maintain.
# 4  
Old 07-20-2010
Plan B:

Code:
[house@leonov] ll
-rw-r--r-- 1 house house    0 20. Jul 12:12 1st file
-rw-r--r-- 1 house house    0 20. Jul 12:12 2nd file
-rw-r--r-- 1 house house    0 20. Jul 12:12 3rd file
[house@leonov] cat list
./1st file
./2nd file
./3rd file
[house@leonov] tar -cf test.tar --files-from list
[house@leonov] tar -tvf test.tar
-rw-r--r-- house/house       0 2010-07-20 12:12 ./1st file
-rw-r--r-- house/house       0 2010-07-20 12:12 ./2nd file
-rw-r--r-- house/house       0 2010-07-20 12:12 ./3rd file

# 5  
Old 07-20-2010
thanks for that but it is not working

it is an embedded system

Code:
Usage: tar -[czxtvO] [-f TARFILE] [-C DIR] [FILE(s)]...

Create, extract, or list files from a tar file

Options:
        c       Create
        x       Extract
        t       List

Archive format selection:
        z       Filter the archive through gzip

File selection:
        f       Name of TARFILE or "-" for stdin
        O       Extract to stdout
        C       Change to directory DIR before operation
        v       Verbose

# 6  
Old 07-20-2010
It's not working, mostly because you're asking it to write to another file extension...namely a gzipped format. Have you looked for the a similar file named .tar?

Otherwise, try the following:
Code:
tar czvf - $(find /var/installer -name "* *" -type f ) |gzip -9 - >/tmp/files.tar.gz

# 7  
Old 07-20-2010
Quote:
Originally Posted by curleb
It's not working, mostly because you're asking it to write to another file extension...namely a gzipped format. Have you looked for the a similar file named .tar?
it is not the receiving file where the problem is, it is the interpretation from the variable to tar that is failing

this do not work
Code:
#!/bin/sh
files="/var/installer/server\ Config
  /var/installer/client\ user
  /var/installer/Svenskt\ Language
  /var/installer/GUI\ user\ Plugin
 /var/installer/Firefox\ Plugin"

tar -czvf /tmp/files.tar.gz $files

it donīt find
tar: Config: No such file or directory
tar: /var/installer/server\: No such file or directory

It look likes it do not under stand '\ ' in the file name


but this work
Code:
#!/bin/sh
tar -czvf /tmp/files.tar.gz  /var/installer/server\ Config /var/installer/client\ user /var/installer/Svenskt\ Language /var/installer/GUI\ user\ Plugin /var/installer/Firefox\ Plugin


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