no backup for excluded files?

Matt McCutchen matt at
Wed Aug 13 14:57:56 GMT 2008

On Wed, 2008-08-13 at 16:19 +0200, Louis-David Mitterrand wrote:
> I use rsync 3.0.2 for daily incremental backups:
> rsync -aAzHRxby -f '. -' --numeric-ids --delete-during --delete-excluded \
> 	  --suffix='' --backup-dir=$BACKUP_ROOT/$BACKUP_HOST/${TODAY} \
> Sometimes I add a new item to $EXCLUDE_PATTERNS but then the excluded
> files are backed up in $BACKUP_ROOT/$BACKUP_HOST/$TODAY. Is there a way
> to avoid that?

No.  You could use a second run that copies the backup dir to itself to
delete any excluded files.

> PS: the --suffix option is useless when using --backup-dir, right?

No, you can have rsync add a suffix to the backup files if you wish.

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