using rsync to transfer only files and not sub-directories

Matt McCutchen matt at
Wed Sep 17 00:18:56 GMT 2008

On Tue, 2008-09-16 at 12:30 -0700, Meeaz wrote:
> I am trying to rsync contents of a directory while making sure that
> "only" files under that directory are synched and "not" the contents
> of any sub-directory under that dir. I know that I will have to use
> the include/exclude option but not sure how.

The following will copy the subdirectories themselves but not their

rsync -d SRC/ DEST/

If you don't want the subdirectories at all, do this:

rsync -d --exclude='*/' SRC/ DEST/


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