Specify Includes Only

Matt McCutchen matt at mattmccutchen.net
Tue Mar 23 19:09:18 MDT 2010

On Sun, 2010-03-14 at 14:23 +0000, Paul wrote:
> On Sat, Mar 13, 2010 at 08:03:05PM -0800, Steven Monai wrote:
> >$ cat >dirs.txt <<EOF
> >sourcedir/GroupA
> >sourcedir/GroupC
> >EOF
> >
> >$ rsync -r --include-from=filt.txt --prune-empty-dirs `cat dirs.txt` destdir

> I can't quite get that to work when the dirs have spaces in them. I've
> tried various forms of backslash escaping the spaces and putting the
> dirs in doublequotes, even messing with IFS, but no luck. (And I don't
> want to do an rsync command for every sourcedir :))

There is a --files-from option precisely for that purpose!  Try:

rsync -r --include-from=filt.txt --prune-empty-dirs \
	--files-from=dirs.txt . destdir

(Note that you need a source argument relative to which the --files-from
paths will be interpreted.)


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