All commands tested on Mac OS Monterey / Jan 05, 2022

How to create a tar archive excluding a specific filetype

Create a tar archive called my-directory.tar of a directory my-directory/ but excluding files of a specific filetype.

You can use this short tar command.

                  tar --exclude='*.svn' -cvf my-directory.tar my-directory/

Or this more verbose tar command.

                  tar --exclude='*.svn' --create --verbose --file my-directory.tar my-directory/

Replace the *.svn in the above examples with whatever file extension you need to prevent from being archived. Ie. *.git

Options explained

  1. --exclude tells tar not to process files or directories that match the specified pattern
  2. -c or --create tells tar to create a new archive
  3. v or --verbosetells tar to produce verbose output
  4. f or --filetells tar that the next parameter will be the tar file to create, extract, append to, list, etc.

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