creating directories not specified in '--files-from' file

Madison Kelly linux at
Fri Jul 29 12:15:22 GMT 2005

Wayne Davison wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 28, 2005 at 08:19:26PM -0400, Madison Kelly wrote:
>>If I specify a directory to be backed up all files in it are copied
> That only happens if the dir has a trailing slash (which is telling
> rsync "I want the contents of this directory"), rather than just the
> directory's name (which is telling rsync "I want to create that dir").
> In fact, you could omit all directory items when using --files-from for
> a backup (unless you happen to want to backup an empty directory).
> So, in your list.txt file, you should not be specifying "/" unless you
> want all the contents of the base dir to be copied.  Just remove that
> line and your copy should be fine.
> ..wayne..

   Ahh.... Okay, that makes a lot of sense now, and I remember reading 
that somewhere in the 'man' page iirc but I didn't catch the importance 
of it. *doh*!

   Thank you very much!


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