Is there a way (in several commands if necessary) to make a
tar archive that follows all the symlinks (like with
tar -h) except for one recursive symlink, which should be preserved as it is?
I have a directory structure like this:
symlink to project1 folder (recursive!)
symlink to project2 folder
symlink to project3 folder
... more symlinks, folders, etc
... more projects
I want to
project1 and have it follow all the symlinks to copy external folders like
project3, but I do not want it to follow the recursive symlink it has to itself because it's not necessary and it causes
tar to run forever.
man page it looks like I can do this with
tar -H but I will have to specify every symlink I want to follow. That is a long list and requires updating any time I add another symlinked dependency, so I am looking for a solution that works with less maintenance.
The quick answer here is "don't use recursive symlinks" and that is what I am doing for now, but it is something I would like to have for my project and I can't do it without coming up with a solution to this problem.