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Bug 6665 - tar fails to properly parse exclude patterns...
Summary: tar fails to properly parse exclude patterns...
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: tar
Version: 6.1
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Bernhard Rosenkraenzer
QA Contact:
Depends On:
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Reported: 1999-11-02 22:28 UTC by bmacy
Modified: 2008-05-01 15:37 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2000-01-18 11:14:33 UTC

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Description bmacy 1999-11-02 22:28:06 UTC
Assuming a /usr/local/src tree exists try:
tar -cvpf fred.tar --exclude='*/src/*' /usr/local

It still archives /usr/local/src. Same occurs if you use
'-X' flag and refer to a file with the pattern in it.

Excluding /usr/local/src/* does work. This is a change from
RedHat versions 5.0, 5.1, 5.2, and 6.0 and appears to be a

Comment 1 Preston Brown 2000-01-14 03:43:59 UTC
bero, I can verify this, even with tar-1.13.17-1.  Shall we downgrade?

Comment 2 Bernhard Rosenkraenzer 2000-01-18 11:14:59 UTC
I've passed the bug on to - hope they get it fixed for 1.13.18
in time. I don't really want to downgrade because that would get back some bugs
that were fixed in between.

Comment 3 Bernhard Rosenkraenzer 2000-07-17 15:34:03 UTC
The tar maintainers claim it's not a bug, but a feature (better POSIX

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