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I have a backup script that has this syntax "tar -czvf backup.tar.gz -T filelist" In this filelist, I'm listing folder to backup, but I also need to backup every file that has a given extension like "*.jpeg"

The file name are changing everyday, that's why I need to use a wildcard but it's not accepted in a file list.

Is there a workaround to make this work ?

Thanks !

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Have you try using --wildcards ?

 tar -xf foo.tar -v --wildcards '*.c'

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I tried and looks like --wildcards only works for extraction, doesn't work with -cf – Bastien974 Nov 7 '11 at 14:25
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The easiest solution I found is : tar -czvf backup.tar.gz $(cat filelist)

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This is a nice idea, but you could end up with an insanely long arguments list. Which would then cause problems with the shell. – Tom O'Connor Nov 9 '11 at 23:31
What kind of problems/limitations ? – Bastien974 Nov 17 '11 at 19:41
ARG_MAX -- see here : – Tom O'Connor Nov 17 '11 at 20:09

Create a filelist.template that contains the static folders to always backup and then copy it to filelist each time and add in all the .jpeg files. Something like:

cp filelist.template filelist
ls *.jpeg >> filelist
tar -czvf backup.tar.gz -T filelist

you could also use a find command instead of ls if you need *.jpeg from a variety of locations.

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