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How do I exclude a file or folder while creating a tar.gz file with tar command?

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Simple example, creating a gzipped tarball out of a directory, excluding a subdirectory and listing the contents:

$ ls fruit/
apple  banana  peach  tomato
$ tar czf onlyfruit.tar.gz --exclude=tomato fruit/
$ tar tf onlyfruit.tar.gz 
fruit/
fruit/peach/
fruit/apple/
fruit/banana/
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I hate to be a pedant, but a tomato is technically/botanically speaking a fruit as well :) – Kev Jan 5 '12 at 0:41
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This would be a nice discussion at cooking.stackexchange.com ;D – user13742 Jan 5 '12 at 16:35

use the --exclude=directory flag. Works like a charm.

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