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[Bug-tar] Exclude options are ignored

From: cjdl01
Subject: [Bug-tar] Exclude options are ignored
Date: Fri, 07 Dec 2018 13:16:19 +0000
User-agent: Horde Application Framework 5


I'm not sure if you are aware of this, but for some time, the last several revisions of tar have been ignoring the -X or the --exclude options.

This was mentioned in the debian bugs here:


It is also mentioned in the debian forums, but the thread was hijacked by someone in need of some serious psychological counseling.

But I couldn't find corollary in the bug-tar archives... so I wanted to make sure it was on record.

I don't know about others... but I still use tar extensively for my system backups, on many systems. The exclude option is critical to keep from the backup choking on itself, and filling up hard drives...

I've been looking, and cannot find an adequate work-around for this, other than to pull older versions of GNU tar, and compile them from source.

Is this known?  Do you ever intend to fix this?


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