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> multi volume tar bundles?
post Mar 10 2006, 05:51 PM
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Whats this Lie-nix Thing?

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Hi there

I regularly have to create tar-bundles, each of which can only be 30Mb or smaller. The total size of all my files may be 90-150Mb.

If I wanted to create a single tarbundle of all the files, it'd be easy:
> tar cvf mytar.tar *

Instead I have to type in:
> tar cvf bundle1.tar file1 file2...file21
> tar cvf bundle2.tar file22 file23...
> tar cvf bundle3.tar ...
ie, I have to type in each file name separately. This is a pain. Since I do this regularly, I would LOVE to find a way to create these tarbundles automatically, where each tar bundle is only 30Mb or smaller. According to the "tar" manual, there is something called "mulit-volume tar bundle". This sounds like it might be what I'm looking for?? But I can't figure out how to use this option.

Does anyone have any ideas?

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post Mar 11 2006, 11:47 AM
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Its GNU/

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Not sure why tar cvf mytar.tar * does not work.

You can use multi-volume but I do not think it is automatic.

Another method that may work would be to create one big tar file and then use the split command to divide into 30mb bundles. You would then use the cat command to reconstruct the entire file.
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