Jake Wilson asked:
I have a directory structure that looks something like this:
/var/www/website/index.php /var/www/website/home.php /var/www/website/whatever.text /var/www/website/.htaccess /var/www/website/images/ /var/www/website/images/image1.jpg /var/www/website/images/image2.jpg
I want to tar the website directory recursively, but I don’t want to include the parent structure. If I do this:
tar -zcvf /tmp/mytar.tar.gz /var/www/website/*
Then all the files have the entire
/var/www/website/ parent structure in the tar file. The only way I can do what I want is to:
cd /var/www/website tar -zcvf /tmp/mytar.tar.gz *
That way, there is no parent directory structure in the tar file.
Is it possible accomplish what I need without having to
cd into the directory first?
GNU tar has a
-C option for this.
-C, --directory=DIR change to directory DIR
So you could do something like:
tar -C /var/www/website -zcvf /tmp/mytar.tar.gz .
Untarring (you will do that eventually) is the same:
tar -C /var/www/website -zxvf /tmp/mytar.tar.gz
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