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Dot and redirected output syntax in a tar command

Hi All,

Please could anyone advise what the purpose of the dot syntax in the following command means:
Code:
tar -cvf ${WORKING_BACKUP_ROOT}/${TAR_ARCHIVE_FILE} . >/${BACKUP_ROOT}/${ARCHIVE_LOG}

Many thanks

Last edited by Franklin52; 03-10-2012 at 12:16 PM.. Reason: Please use code tags for data and code samples, thank you
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. represents the contents of current directory .
The above commandline creates a tar named ${WORKING_BACKUP_ROOT}/${TAR_ARCHIVE_FILE} containg the elements of current directory .
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A relevant point is that the "tar" archive of . should contain relative paths not absolute paths (not all versions of "tar" are the same).
You can check the the paths in the archive with tar -tvf filename.tar .
 

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