[techtalk] tar hell, help!

Andrew Wendt awendt at putergeek.com
Sat Aug 4 16:02:30 EST 2001

On August 4, 2001 13:04, bsweeney at physics.ucsb.edu wrote:

> The problem here is that though tar kept the permissions and file
> ownerships for the mail directories and sub directories, it DID NOT keep
> them for the preceeding directories (i.e., USERDIRS or SUBDIRS).  I'm
> guessing that that's because it was told to archive the maildirectories,
> and is only creating the paths itself, so it creates them as whoever the
> user executing the tar extraction is.
> This, however, doesn't help me.  I've got 300+ USERDIRS, and can't
> (obviously) chown them all by hand afterwords.

Could you make another archive first, with "find . -type d" to grab the whole 
directory structure, and then untar the files into that?


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