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Note: the tar archive must not exist in order to create it. If exists it will only be updated and no already existent files in present search will still remain in the tar archive. The update option has to be used instead of create because the command tar may be executed more than once depending on the number of arguments that find throws. You can see maximum number of arguments with 'getconf ARG_MAX'
If you want to exclude only one file or directory you should use as --exclude=file_or_directory
You can ran this also with cat for example:
tar zcvf - /folder/ | ssh email@example.com "cat > /dest/folder/file.tar.gz"
Or even run other command's:
tcpdump | ssh firstname.lastname@example.org "cat > /tmp/tcpdump.log"
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.