Questions in running rsync example

Matt McCutchen hashproduct+rsync at
Wed Feb 14 14:06:22 GMT 2007

On 2/13/07, ying lcs <yinglcs at> wrote:
> I am trying to run the 'backup to a spare disk' in this example:
> My question is
> Why i need to to this:
> mount /backup/$d
> If i have an external disk, it will be under /media/disk directory,
> why I need to mount?

It sounds like your system is being clever and automatically mounting
the disk when you plug it in, so you don't need to mount the disk

> And what is the meaning of  '-exclude fstab' here?
> rsync -ax --exclude fstab --delete /$d/ /backup/$d/

That option tells rsync not to touch any file named "fstab" anywhere
in the transfer.  I'm not sure why the author of the example used it.


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