Tar hints for Mac OS X users
Special information for using tar on Mac OS X
You've probably found this page because you created a tar file on your Mac machine, and it contained extra files.
Creating a tar file without ._ files
On Mac OS X, sometimes the operating system creates hidden files whose names start with a period and an underscore. For example, if you have these files:
Mac OS will create extra files alongside them in the same directory named:
Because they start with dot, many tools hide them by default. You can see them by typing this in the terminal:
(the hyphen-a stands for "all")
The simplest way to create a tar file without these files is to ask tar to exclude them when creating the tar file. So if you would have run this command:
tar zcvf myproject-0.1.tar.gz myproject-0.1/
instead you would run:
tar --exclude='._*' zcvf myproject-0.1.tar.gz myproject-0.1/
Because you pass the v flag to tar, causing it to operate in verbose mode, you can see which files will be added to the resulting tarball.