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The question title is pretty weird, but basically I have a file that is a list of other files, lets say FilesIWantToTar.dat. I want to say something along the lines of tar -c --input-file=FilesIWantToTar.dat archive.tar or similar. Does the tar utility provide this functionality, or do I need to write a simple script?

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Please accept answers you find useful and solving your question. – ulidtko Feb 4 '11 at 18:06
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Yes:

tar cf archive.tar -T FilesIWantToTar.dat
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Awesome, thanks! I also read a little further and found the --files-from= option, equivalent to the -T – spbots Feb 4 '11 at 18:00
    
Yes, that's the long name. – cYrus Feb 4 '11 at 18:02

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