[CentOS] Taring up the OS - how to exclude directories

Robert Moskowitz rgm at htt-consult.com
Fri Sep 8 14:19:04 UTC 2006


 From the howto:  http://www.faqs.org/docs/securing/chap29sec305.html

I got some ideas to help me to tar up the OS.  I had already been shown 
how to wrap it into SSH to deposit the tar file on another system, so I 
tried the following:

tar cpvzf - -C / --exclude  home --exclude  media --exclude  mnt 
--exclude  proc --exclude  */lost+found | ssh root at 10.0.0.2 
"cat>backup-060907.tgz"

But, whereas the howto is talking about --exclude dealing with files, 
the Centos Man on tar is saying that it applies to files.


So what is wrong?  I know the SSH stuff is correct as when I put in 
something like ls I get a file with result of the ls.  Also I had done 
this without the excludes and of course it died slowing when it got to 
/media/cdrom   :(





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