Linux Tar Getting Removing leading `/' from member names When Executed
Description: Linux Tar Getting Removing leading `/' from member names When Executed
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hi, can anyone helpme, when i send the tar command, i get this:
Removing leading `/' from member names
when i look at my directory, i see that the tar has been created, but i was wondering if this is going to cause a problem when i try to untar it since this is going to be a back up file and if there any goes wrong, i want to make sure i am doing it right. not sure if i executed incorectly on my linux server.
jayaprakash Thu Oct 13, 2011
Vidya Thu Jul 21, 2011
Thanks Asish..your comment helped me solve my "tar: Removing leading `/' from member names" warning.
Asish Tue Jun 29, 2010
Give the option P to preserve the leading /
ie: tar -cvPf <tar fill name> <folder/file to be tarred>
A Sun Aug 24, 2008
tar czf /tmp/myarchive.tar.gz -c / etc home
apparently the order is sometimes important :-)
stevee Fri Jul 04, 2008
this is normal for tar, the / is a relative directory boundary in the tree structure, and tar is aware and will replace them correctly when untarring - you should test your backup anyway before relying on it, on a spare partition or pc and check it untars correctly using
#tar -xvf filename.tar
you can list the files in the tarball without untarring them as a rough check maybe if its not to big to read or your fastidious..
#tar -tvf file.tar where -t is "list", -v "verbose" -f "file" -x " extract
also read the man pages on commands you use: #man tar
mindelini Thu Jun 26, 2008
thank you. very helpful.
brando Sat Mar 17, 2007
this is what that post says:
he "Backup Ideas" page has an example shell script meant to be executed as a daily cron job.
That example includes an invocation of the tar command like this:
tar cj /etc /home/ /usr/local > $PREF-$$.tar.bz2
If you run a script containing a tar invocation of that form, you'll notice that root will get an e-mail message every time the script runs, with stderr warnings from the tar command saying "Removing leading `/' from member names".
You can eliminate those tar warnings by instead invoking the tar command like this:
tar cj -C / etc home usr/local > $PREF-$$.tar.bz2
The effect will be the same except that tar will no longer emit the "Removing leading `/' from member names" warnings to stderr -- because the -C option and slash argument tell tar to cd to the root directory before tarring up whatever directories or files are specified in the rest of the arguments list.
So you'll no longer get the unnecessary mail from that cron job -- you'll only get mail if something has actually gone wrong with the job.
Gonatan Fri Mar 16, 2007
Just found this: https://forum.bytemark.co.uk/viewtopic.php?pid=1937
This may help you with your question
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