[CentOS] tar with -N option still picking up old files

Akemi Yagi amyagi at gmail.com
Thu Mar 26 23:24:34 UTC 2009


On Thu, Mar 26, 2009 at 3:16 PM, Neil Aggarwal <neil at jammconsulting.com> wrote:
> Hello:
>
> I tried this command to tar up a set of data files
> updated since yesterday (The data directory contains
> multiple files with varying dates):
>
> /bin/tar -z -c -N 2009-03-25 -f /tmp/test.tgz data
>
> When I look at the content of the test.tgz file,
> it looks like it copied the content of the entire
> directory, not just the newer files.
>
> I am on CentOS 5.

Try --newer-mtime instead of -N.  In my case (CentOS-4 backup
machine), the -N option did not work as it's supposed to.  Not sure
about tar on CentOS-5 though.

Akemi


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