Tar a directory without including its parents

To tar a directory without its parent, simply use the -C or –directory flag to specify the directory to "cd" into, then provide "." as the directory to tar.

Example:

To tar everything in /foobar/ without including /foobar/ in the path names, run

tar -zcvf foobar.tar.gz -C foobar/ .

That simple.

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