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:
project1 code folder dependencies folder symlink to project1 folder (recursive!) symlink to project2 folder symlink to project3 folder ... more symlinks, folders, etc project2 code folder project3 code folder ... 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.