DO NOT REPLY [Bug 5758] New: '**' does not match empty strings

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Sun Sep 14 13:32:56 GMT 2008

           Summary: '**' does not match empty strings
           Product: rsync
           Version: 3.0.3
          Platform: x86
        OS/Version: Linux
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P3
         Component: core
        AssignedTo: wayned at
        ReportedBy: dieter at
         QAContact: rsync-qa at

man rsync, section "FILTER RULES" says:
"use ’**’ to match anything, including slashes."

This is incorrect.  '**' does not match empty strings.
The description should be:
"use ’**’ to match any non-empty string, including slashes."
This would be more in line with what '*' does ( "a ‘*’ matches any
non-empty path component (it stops at slashes)." )

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