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Wow, didn't really expect you to read this far down. The latest iteration of the site is in open beta. It's a gentle open beta-- not in prime-time just yet. It's being hosted over at UpGuard (link) and you are more than welcome to give it a shot. Couple things:
If you want to exclude only one file or directory you should use as --exclude=file_or_directory
This will make a backup of all hidden files and folders in the home folder.
Finally, we can make the file "unchangeable"
sudo chattr +i
If archive has leading directory level same as archive name and you want to strip it, this command is for you.
The command extracting the tar contents into particular directory ...
At client side:
tar c myfile | nc localhost 7000 ##Send file myfile to server
tar c mydir | nc localhost 7000 ## Send directory mydir to server
This is how I've done it in the past
Simple tar pipe to be used to copy directories while including hidden files and maintaining file permissions
This command will :
-Archive all *.dmp files individually (one file per archive) from current directory .
-Delete original file after has been compressed.
This works more reliable for me ("cut -c 8-" had one more space, so it did not work)
The original suggestion did not work for me, when operating on folders located on an external mount (ie other than the root device) in Ubuntu. A variation using xargs does the trick.
Backup your entire system on a tar ball file format.
the -a flag causes tar to automatically pick the right compressor to filter the archive through, based on the file extension. e.g.
"tar -xaf archive.tar.xz" is equivalent to "tar -xJf archive.tar.xz"
"tar -xaf archive.tar.gz" is equivalent to "tar -xzf archive.tar.gz"
No need to remember -z is gzip, -j is bzip2, -Z is .Z, -J is xz, and so on :)