tar wildcard problem

Igor Pechtchanski pechtcha@cs.nyu.edu
Mon Dec 30 11:34:00 GMT 2002

On Sun, 29 Dec 2002, Wai-Yip Tung (wtung) wrote:

> I got some problem using tar.
> * wildcard in -T doesn't work. If I include *.txt in the file list I got
>   tar: *.txt: Cannot stat: No such file or directory
> However using *.txt in command line do work. Putting exact file name or
> directory in the file list also works.
> * wildcard in -X file doesn't work. However, if I use it in --exclude it
> does work. Putting exact file name doesn't work either. So -X does
> nothing for me.
> The version information is
> tar (GNU tar) 1.13.25
> Copyright (C) 2001 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
> This program comes with NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.
> You may redistribute it under the terms of the GNU General Public
> License;
> see the file named COPYING for details.
> Written by John Gilmore and Jay Fenlason.
> Hope you can give me some suggestion.
> Thank you,
> Wai yip Tung

Did you escape or quote the wildcards appropriately, so that tar expands
them instead of the shell?
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