[Scottish] tarring

Allan Whiteford scottish at mailman.lug.org.uk
Fri Mar 21 16:28:01 2003

> On Fri, 21 Mar 2003, Allan Bruce wrote:
>> How on earth do I tar a directory up to a tarfile?
>> I looked at the man page and it aint working - my head is mush today.
>> That teaches me to go out drinking on a work night!!
> tar -cf tarfile.tar directory
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> Miah Gregory
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Some versions of tar don't like a trailing slash on the directory name.

i.e. in some cases

tar -cf tarfile.tar directory

will work but

tar -cf tarfile.tar directory/


I assume Allan is still using Solaris, which I have seen this "feature"
on. This could be the problem, especially so when autocomplete helpfully
adds a trailing slash on for you.

Might be relevant.