exclude hidden files

Francis.Montagnac at inria.fr Francis.Montagnac at inria.fr
Sat Aug 20 02:38:41 MDT 2011

On Fri, 19 Aug 2011 12:47:34 +0200 Ken Gillett wrote:

> I want to exclude from the sync ALL files that start with a dot, IOW
> hidden files. But using --exclude '.*' does funny things with
> directories (or at least I think it does). Is there a recognised
> correct way to do this?

Using --exclude '.*' should work. 


    $ tree -a a
    `-- b
	|-- bar
	`-- .foo

    1 directory, 2 files

    $ rsync -vv -i -a --exclude '.*' a/ x
    sending incremental file list
    [sender] hiding file b/.foo because of pattern .*
    created directory x
    delta-transmission disabled for local transfer or --whole-file
    cd+++++++++ ./
    cd+++++++++ b/
    >f+++++++++ b/bar
    total: matches=0  hash_hits=0  false_alarms=0 data=0

    sent 115 bytes  received 38 bytes  306.00 bytes/sec
    total size is 0  speedup is 0.00

Francis Montagnac

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