tar noob question

Charles Curley charlescurley at charlescurley.com
Wed Mar 23 14:31:12 MST 2005

On Wed, Mar 23, 2005 at 01:25:28PM -0700, Kenneth Burgener wrote:
> Kenneth Burgener wrote:
> >You could use the find command:
> >
> >find . -iname "*.csv" -exec tar -af archive.tar {} \;
> Sorry, small correction.  The append option is -r not -a:
> find . -iname "*.csv" -exec tar -af archive.tar {} \;

Nice. However, if you run this more than once without
deleting/moving/etc. the archive, you'll append to the existing
archive each time you run it, probably not what you want.

Try instead:

find -iname "*.csv" | xargs tar -cvjf archive.tar.bz2

That will create the archive anew each time, and should also be

Er, if you don't want bzip2 compression on the fly, take out the j
option to tar.


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