Shell scripting woes

Chris Pressey cpressey at
Tue Feb 24 16:35:03 PST 2004

On Tue, 24 Feb 2004 17:56:49 +0100 (CET)
mathias at wrote:

> Hello guys! I have two questions about shellscripts:

Your second question seems to have been addressed, so here's something
for your first question...

> 1) I have a backup job that 'tar's a lot of files and currently I
> redirect all output of the job to a log. Tar unfortunately lists all
> directories that it goes through, even if nothing is 'tar'ed in those
> directories. So my logfile contains all my directories. I want to
> filter out all lines in my tar-log that ends with slash ("/") since
> those are directories. I want to sort of do an inverse grep on the
> last character when tarring. Like: tar -cvf myback.tar |grep -v "all
> lines that end with slash" > log.txt. All files that are backed up
> contain the whole directory path (that's how I want it) - so I can't
> simply do a reverse grep for the slash-char. Maybe you could do
> something with awk? I'm a total rookie with awk, so I'm lost there...


	tar -cvf myback.tar | grep -v '/$'

The $ in the grep pattern indicates "end of line".


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