View Full Version : [gnome] How can I backup multiple folders outside of a tar script directory?

April 20th, 2009, 01:38 AM
I have a tar script that I want to use to backup multiple folders in my home directory. The tar script is inside of a folder called cron_scripts in my home directory. So to backup the multiple folders in my home directory I would have to use something like this

tar -czpf backup.tar.gz * /fileoutsideofscriptdirectory * /fileoutside
, but for some reason it only backs up the first file and then says "/fileoutside: Cannot stat: No such file or directory".

April 20th, 2009, 02:24 AM
I think your choosing * is confusing tar. You can use * but it will choose everything in the current directory. Plus naming the backup before giving the options has always worked better for me.

April 20th, 2009, 02:50 AM
here is my command for backup my entire system:

tar cvpzf backup.tgz --exclude=/proc --exclude=/lost+found --exclude=/backup.tgz --exclude=/mnt --exclude=/sys /

here is also a thread that may help http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1126559

April 20th, 2009, 06:32 PM
Steve: I guess instead of choosing all the files in my home directory, I could exclude the files(which include all the hidden files) I don't want backed up with --exclude=/.* (to get rid of all the hidden files in my home folder).
Maybe that would work...

April 20th, 2009, 06:45 PM
Thank you for your help, you gave me a good idea and this is what I found. http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=55254
I guess this thread has been solved.