I use

tar hczf t.tar.gz * --exclude="./test1"

where test1 is the name of a directory that I want to prevent from being tarred.

Unfortunately, tar still includes the directory test1. How can I have tar exclude directories?


So it turns out that to prevent the tarring of a directory you need to change where you're adding the --exclude

tar --exclude="./test1" -hczf t.tar.gz *




tar hczf t.tar.gz * --exclude="test1"
  • tried that didn't work – Pota Onasys Dec 11 '15 at 19:27
  • I get the error tar: --exclude=test1: Cannot stat: No such file or directory – Pota Onasys Dec 11 '15 at 19:28
  • edited to include the 1 in test1 – soupmagnet Dec 11 '15 at 19:28
  • doesn't work either – Pota Onasys Dec 11 '15 at 19:29
  • then test1 doesn't exist in the current working directory – soupmagnet Dec 11 '15 at 19:30

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