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[xubuntu] Archiving only dot directories (+sub-diectories) and files in home directory

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http://ubuntuforums.org – How do I backup dot directories, dot sub-directories and dot files residing in /home/user/ to an archive? Normally I would run something like the following, but that doesn't seem to work on hidden folders and files: Code: tar -czvf pictures.tar.gz ~/Pictures I am using Xubuntu 11.10 (Hardware)