Script for friendlier home partition under other OS

Christoph Georgi christoph.georgi at
Tue Jun 7 00:12:35 UTC 2005

I suppose the . is interpreted not as character. Try '\.'


Gábor Iglói wrote:
> Hello!
> I'm trying to solve the following problem with an init/shutdown script:
> If one is holding his/her home on a different partition from / and
> using a dual-boot system it is a bit confusing that the hidden
> .folders and .files are all visible under another OSs.
> I'd like to solve the problem with a pair of scripts: on Ubuntu bootup
> it would untar all hidden folders/files of the user's home folder from
> a tar file somewhere in the filesystem. And during shutdown another
> script would tar all of the user's hidden home folders and files - but
> just these. With a bootup check for the existence of the tar file I
> could avoid situations when the user exited Linux foolishly thus
> missing the creation of the tar file (e.g. after pressing the Reset
> button by accident).
> Problem is that I didn't manage to find out the correct syntax for
> tarring ONLY the hidden files/folders. I tried the following:
> cd /home/user
> tar -cvzf /someplace/home.tgz .*
> This will tar the whole home folder hidden an normal files too.
> tar -cvzf /someplace/home.tgz --exclude=./* .*
> This does the same - don't understand why.


Christoph Georgi
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