tar: Removing leading `/' from member names

Corey Edwards tensai at zmonkey.org
Tue Jul 21 11:20:16 MDT 2009


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Alan Young wrote:
> I've got a cron job running a backup every night.  It's a shell script
> that looks like this:
> 
> -----
> #!/bin/bash
> 
> cd /backup
> 
> tar -czf webstoresDoc.tgz -C / /home/www/docroot/webstores
> -----
> 
> It works fine, but I keep getting the following email from the cron process:
> 
> -----
> tar: Removing leading `/' from member names
> tar: Removing leading `/' from member names

Just remove the leading / yourself. -C / will change directories before
tar starts reading files, so this will clear up your warning:

tar -czf webstoresDoc.tgz -C / home/www/docroot/webstores


Corey
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