rsync recursion question

Dave Dykstra dwd at
Thu Oct 25 07:28:02 EST 2001

On Wed, Oct 24, 2001 at 02:26:29PM -0500, Justin Banks wrote:
> >>>>> "Dave" == Dave Dykstra <dwd at> writes:
>   Dave> The filename paths that the exclude algorithm sees are relative to the
>   Dave> destination path, they do not include it.  It should work if you use
>   Dave> --include "/bob**".  The slash at the beginning does not indicate the
>   Dave> root of a filesystem, it indicates "match only the beginning of a
>   Dave> path".
> It doesn't, unless I'm misunderstanding what you're saying. 
> rsync -a --ignore-errors --delete --include "/bob**" -exclude "*" /tmp/empty/
> user at 
> results in everything in /tmp/foo being removed.

I don't understand how it can affect anything above the destination
directory you give; you should be giving a destination directory of
/tmp/foo.  Is that what you meant?  I tested it and it worked for me.

- Dave Dykstra

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