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network backups with tar



Hello,
 
1) When I do a man page on 'tar', the screen comes up all garbled. I believe
     this was discussed on the list a while back, but I can't seem to find those mails
     that will shed some insight on why this is happening. Does this have something to
     do with the $TERM variable?
 
2) I am using 'tar' to create a backup of a directory structure to another Linux server
    on the same LAN. Here is a screen dump:
 
#  tar   -cvzf   -f  209.212.123.157:/usr/backups /tmp/testdir
 
Gives this output

tar: 209.212.123.157\:/usr/backups: Cannot stat: No such file or directory
tar: Removing leading `/' from member names
tmp/testdir/
tmp/testdir/testfile1
tmp/testdir/testfile2
tar: Error exit delayed from previous errors
 
I am trying to backup the directory /tmp/testdir and copy the archive onto the
server substituted by the IP address 'IP'. Where am I going wrong here? 
 
Regards, Jason

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