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Elleni
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2023 7:11 pm    Post subject: [solved] exclude userhome from mkstage4 Reply with quote

Is it possible to use mkstage4 but excluding a whole folder example userhome /home/ including subfolders? In help I read to not include /path/to/folder/* with -e option.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2023 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am not familiar with this script, but from a basic review of its code, yes, passing -e will add a --exclude= to the invoked tar. Per tar rules, you can exclude a directory and everything below it, with a glob like the one you showed.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2023 10:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Unfortunatelly it doesn't work, as stated in the help file:

Code:
-e: an additional excludes directory (one dir one -e, donot use it with *).

And if you try it anyway:
Code:
mkstage4 -e /home/myuser/* -s -C bz2 /home/myuser/backup/stage4-gentoo1-2023-01-02
mkstage4: no target specified.
usage:
        mkstage4 [-q -c -b -l -k -p] [-s || -t <target-mountpoint>] [-e <additional excludes dir*>] [-i <additional include target>] <archive-filename> [custom-tar-options]
        -q: activates quiet mode (no confirmation).
        -c: excludes some confidential files (currently only .bash_history and connman network lists).
        -b: excludes boot directory.
        -l: excludes lost+found directory.
        -e: an additional excludes directory (one dir one -e, donot use it with *).
        -i: an additional target to include. This has higher precedence than -e, -t, and -s.
        -s: makes tarball of current system.
        -k: separately save current kernel modules and src (creates smaller archives and saves decompression time).
        -t: makes tarball of system located at the <target-mountpoint>.
        -C: specify tar compression (available: lz4 xz bz2 zst gz).
        -h: displays help message.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2023 10:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You did not quote it, so your shell likely expanded it and confused the target script.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2023 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Hu, that did the trick :)
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