rsync exclude

Tony Abernethy tony at
Wed Dec 16 09:41:56 MST 2009

Gary Montalbine wrote:
> I am trying to backup my /home directory. A friend helped me with this
> script:
> #!/bin/sh
> #backup friday
> #"Spinning up backup drive and mounting it .."
> cd /
> mount /mnt/hd2
> #"Starting backup procedures"
> rsync -avx --exclude="/home/gary/.thumbnails/"
> --exclude="/home/gary/tmp/" --delete --ignore-errors /home/gary
> /mnt/hd2/2010
> umount /mnt/hd2
> #END
> It backs up /home OK. However it does not exclude .thumbnails or tmp. I
> have read the manual and am confused on the use of --exclude. I am
> strictly a user. I am using rsync supplied by ML2010.
> Help would be greatly appreciated.
> Thanks,
> Gary

from man page
            --exclude=PATTERN       exclude files matching PATTERN
Seems like you are excluding 
you probably want something like
to match where /home/gary/ leaves off.

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