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When I run the following command:

tar cfvz backup.tar.gz /path/to/my/files/*

It gzips the entire path. So when I unzip the file, I have to go open 4 folders (path -> to -> my -> files) to get to the files I wanted to backup.

How do I make the files show in root of the gzipped file rather then the entire path?

Thanks in advance!

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Have you tried: cd /path/to/my/files and then tar czvf backup.tgz * – cfreire May 27 '13 at 12:25
The --strip-components option while un-taring would also help. Other than that, tar doesn't offer you much… cd ing to the path you want to backup would be the only quick solution that comes to mind. – slhck May 27 '13 at 12:26
@cfreire @slhck Can't believe I didn't think of cd....Thanks so much! – Ben Sinclair May 27 '13 at 13:13
@cfreire, slhck would one of you post that as an answer? – terdon May 27 '13 at 13:16
up vote 9 down vote accepted

Try option -C:

tar cvzf backup.tar.gz -C /path/to/my/files/ .

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I'm assuming this is in a script so try something like...

pushd /path/to/my/files
tar cfvz backup.tar.gz *

Tar will only include the path specified on the command-line.

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