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Old 11-08-2007
Tar-ing the correct directories

Hi all, my directory structure is as follows /a/b/c.
I would like to tar the /a directory including the subdirectories b and c.

i intend to use the command
Code:
tar -cvfz a.tgz a/

My question is where do i execute the command? do i execute it at the '/' prompt or at '/a' prompt ? My concern at executing it at '/a', is will the command go into a recursive loop? because the a.tgz will be created in the /a directory and it will keep tar-ing and zipping itself.
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Old 11-08-2007
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Originally Posted by new2ss
My concern at executing it at '/a', is will the command go into a recursive loop? because the a.tgz will be created in the /a directory and it will keep tar-ing and zipping itself.
Don't put the tar file in the directory you are tarring up.

Code:
cd /a
tar cf - . | gzip >/tmp/a.tgz

 
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