tar a directory and only include certain file types

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Published on 2010-03-30T17:51:35Z Indexed on 2010/03/30 17:53 UTC
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Following the instructions here: http://linuxdevcenter.com/pub/a/linux/lpt/20_08.html

I'm aiming to tar up a directory but only want to include .php files from that directory.

Given the aforementioned instructions, I've come up with this command. It creates a file called IncludeTheseFiles which lists all the .php files, then the tar is supposed to do it's job only using the files listed in IncludeTheseFiles

find myProjectDirectory -type f -print | \
egrep '(\.[php]|[Mm]akefile)$' > IncludeTheseFiles
tar cvf myProjectTarName -I IncludeTheseFiles

However, when I run this it doesn't like the I include option?

tar: invalid option -- I

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