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Re: [Bug-tar] Exclude options are ignored

From: Sergey Poznyakoff
Subject: Re: [Bug-tar] Exclude options are ignored
Date: Fri, 07 Dec 2018 18:18:59 +0200

cjdl01 <address@hidden> ha escrit:

> 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.

No, it is not. Please see


> This was mentioned in the debian bugs here:
> https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=831007

See https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=831007#10, which
explains what's wrong with the command in question.


> 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?
> Thanks.

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