Piping find into tar...

b. f. bf1783 at googlemail.com
Wed May 4 09:30:03 UTC 2011

On 5/4/11, Chris Rees <utisoft at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 4 May 2011 08:44, b. f. <bf1783 at googlemail.com> wrote:
>>> I've been playing with the find command lately. Is there a way I can pipe
>>> the
>>> putput list of files from find, into the tar command to create an archive
>>> which
>>> contains the files which find lists? I tried the following, but it didn't
>>> work
>>> (obviously).
>>> find -E . '.*\.txt$' -print | tar -cjf result.tgz
>> You could use something like:
>> find -X . -name '*.txt' | xargs tar -cjf result.tgz
>> or
>> find . -name '*.txt' -print0 | xargs -0 tar -cjf result.tgz
>> b.
> How about using pax?
> find . -depth -print | pax -wd | gzip > archive.tgz
> or
> find . -depth -print | pax -wd | bzip2 > archive.tbz
> By the way, in reference to the commands above the -j option is for
> bzip2, so the extension should be .tbz o_O

True.  I just reproduced what the OP had.  The archive will still use
bzip2 compression, and bsdtar won't have a problem handling it, but
the name will be misleading.

As you wrote, pax(1) is an option, as are cpio(1) and many others...
You should be able to use -z with pax to avoid the extra pipe and
explicit invocation of gzip in the first case.


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