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Simple complete system backup excluding files or directories

Terminal - Simple complete system backup excluding files or directories
tar zcpf backup.tgz --exclude=/proc --exclude=backup.tgz /
2009-02-18 19:31:27
User: starchox
Functions: tar
Simple complete system backup excluding files or directories

You can exclude more system folders or individual files which are not necessary for the backup and can be recreated after the restore procedure, like /lost+found, /mnt, /media, /tmp, /usr ...

Restoring the above backup procedure is as simple as becoming root and typing:

tar zxpf backup.tgz -C /

You can extract any file or directory out of the backup.tgz file for recovery, for instance, if you have a corrupt or mis-configured fstab file, you could simply issue the command:

tar zxpf backup.tgz /ect/fstab -C /

Other options:

v add verbose option to see files processed

A far safer solution is to restore the desired files under a different directory, and then compare, move, or update the files to their original locations afterward.


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I don't know why, but the exclude option isn't working.

I found many topics about this issue, but I haven't found really a solution. So, if I want to exclude something like this : /home/user/Pictures it's not working. My tar version is: (GNU tar) 1.26 on Slackware 14/32b.

Comment by sarmis 90 weeks ago

Finally, it worked for me with this variant:

tar -czpvf back_homeMe.tgz /home/username/ --exclude=/home/username/Pictures --exclude=/home/username/Softs --exclude=/home/username/.mozilla/seamonkey/gyk1k6ip.default/ImapMail/imap.gmail.com --exclude=/home/username/.thunderbird/13tjcdh3.default/ImapMail

So, I've announced the path to compress/backup very after archive name, I made single space between --exclude paths and I've ended without any space at the end of the line. Very restrictive input order for this command, isn't it?

Comment by sarmis 90 weeks ago

You can try the following method mention in the URL


Comment by junny 79 weeks and 2 days ago

Want to backup android file to computer? This way is great:


Comment by Werfkjl 37 weeks ago

Take the samsung phone backup files to computer as example.


Comment by Kristin77 31 weeks and 1 day ago

Your point of view

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