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> [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On Behalf Of 
> Andy Greenwood
> Sent: Thursday, 11 May 2006 11:24 AM
> To: Don O'Neil
> Cc: freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
> Subject: Re: Copying a file system w/ tar - symbolic links 
> not copied right.
> 
> # man tar
> 
> specifically, the -L option
> 
> On 5/10/06, Don O'Neil <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> > Hi all...
> >
> >  I'm trying to move a file system from one disk to another, 
> and when I 
> > do
> > this:
> >
> > tar cf - /source/* | ( cd /destination && tar xfv - )
> >
> > It copies all the files, but the symbolic links are copied 
> as files of 
> > 0 length, rather than re-established as links.
> >
> > What am I doing wrong here, or is my tar broken?
> >

to preserve symlinks you need to use cpio   specifically the -p and -l
options

man cpio

It is a bit of a read ....


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