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I am compressing list of files like this:

tar cvzf  mycompress.tar.gz /dir1/dir2/file1.txt /dir1/dir2/file2.txt

However when I uncompressed them the directory /dir1/dir2/ is still preserved. How to exclude that?

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You can do

tar cz -C /dir1/dir2 -f mycompress.tar.gz file1.txt file2.txt

That will leave out the path information in the archive.

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+1 for clean and straightforward answer. – djhaskin987 Aug 16 '11 at 13:02

If you want to encrypt only files and not directory (is this that you want to do? I'm not sure), then try to use find to exclude directories:

tar cvzf  mycompress.tar.gz ` find  your_path_starting_point -type f `

(Having files with the same name into different directories could be a problem)

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