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tar has -C, --directory DIR: change to directory DIR. Does pax have something similar? This can be useful for backing up directory structures/hierarchies in a relative fashion, such as ./sysconfig, instead of /etc/sysconfig, or restoring from inside a directory other than $TARGET_DIR.

I normally use pax in ustar (default) format, or sometimes cpio.

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(cd /etc && pax args) > outputfile

(cd /etc && tar xvz) < inputfile

Equivalent to tar -C.

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