Ignore sockets during tar backup
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09/20/2014 - Linux 

Ignore sockets during tar backup

If you want to skip error sockets-related code during backup of whole filesystem you will be surprised there's no –ignore-sockets switch.
But there's elegant method to to that:

cd /
sudo find . -type s > /tmp/sockets.lst
if sudo tar zcvpf $TMP_FILE --one-file-system --exclude-from=/tmp/sockets.lst -C / .
echo backup OK

or how to get rid of tar’s “socket ignored” message

This based on a very useful tip in Darren Patterson’s blog, something I was looking for for quite a while:

When you want to filter out useless error from stderr messages, while keeping your stdout channel unaffected
(e.g., to get rid of the annoying 'socket ignored' warnings issued by old version of GNU tar), bash is your friend:

        tar   2> >(grep -v 'socket ignored' >&2)

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