How To Compress a Directory with the tar Command and Exclude Certain Files, tarball exclude files

When creating a tar-ball (compressing a directory of files), you may exclude certain files by using the –exclude flag.

The –exclude flag will also work with a wild card “*”. Here is an example of how to tar-ball a directory from the parent directory and exclude certain files:

IMPORTANT: Be sure to use the –exclude just after the tar command, NOT at the end of the command.

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