[Alug] tar and gzip

Douglas Willis ddw at bas.ac.uk
Thu Sep 19 12:33:01 BST 2002

Usually the symlink itself is added to the tar not what it points to. 
To test this use 

tar tvzf <my_first_filename> |grep www

It will show you what is in the first tar ball.  You should only see the
symlink entry not the data the symlink points to.

On Thu, 2002-09-19 at 10:33, Jenny_Hopkins at toby-churchill.com wrote:
> Hullo list,
> When  a directory is tarred and gzipped, will it also include any symlinked
> directories?
> e.g
> first directory to be gzipped is /home/jenny, which contains a link to
> /var/www
> second directory to be gzipped is /var/www
> Tarball is created from both these directories.
> Burning Q: are the files in /var/www being saved in the tarball twice?
> Jen.
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