# Shell – tar – exclude does not work

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I've supposed to archive a directory with tar and exclude some files. I have a directory $HOME/java which includes some .java and .class files. What I want to do is exclude all .class files using the -X exclude option. I've created an Exclude file by using find$ find $HOME/java -name "*.class" > Exclude Then tried to archive the directory$ tar -cvfX java.tar Exclude $HOME/java But somehow it does not do the exclude. The tar version on Solaris does not support exclusion by name. #### Best Answer tar -cvf java.tar --exclude="*.class"$HOME/java

From the man pages:

--exclude pattern

Do not process files or directories that match the specified pattern.
Note that exclusions take precedence over patterns or filenames
specified on the command line.