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cli-tarHow do I remove the absolute path when using the Unix tar command?

The Unix tar command can be used to create archives of files and directories. To remove the absolute path when using the tar command, you can use the --transform option. This option allows you to specify a transformation to be applied to the paths stored in the archive.

For example, the following command will create an archive of the /home/user/example directory without the absolute path:

tar --transform 's,^/home/user/,,' -cvf example.tar /home/user/example

The output of this command should look something like this:


The --transform option takes two arguments: a regular expression and a replacement string. In this example, the regular expression ^/home/user/ matches the absolute path, and the replacement string is an empty string, which results in the absolute path being removed from the archive.

Here are some more resources for learning more about the --transform option:

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