How to exclude directories from source with --relative
wayned at samba.org
Fri May 30 18:14:22 GMT 2008
On Tue, May 27, 2008 at 10:43:00AM -0700, Stuart Anderson wrote:
> Nuts. I was afraid that was going to be the answer. Unfortunately,
> it violates the very helpful advise given above, i.e., run with "-v"
> and add exclude rules for files you don't want to transfer based
> on the output seen.
That rule is not violated (the matching is correct), it is just that you
can't try to exclude something in the middle of a relative path that
You can work around the issue by moving higher in the directory
structure and using includes/excludes. For example, instead of:
rsync -avR --exclude a/ /tmp/source/./[a-z]/* /tmp/destination
You'd change the copy to be:
rsync -av --exclude-from=file /tmp/source/ /tmp/destination/
and have an exclude file:
# First, we don't want that "a" dir (anchor it with a leading slash).
# Next, this is our matching rule from the path above.
# Then, exclude everything else _in_this_dir_ (note leading slash).
# Finally, I added this rule to emulate the '*' above for a shell
# that omits dot files from its globbing.
If you have any questions (such as how to adapt your real copy command),
let us know.
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