exclude hidden files
Benjamin R. Haskell
rsync at benizi.com
Sat Aug 20 10:58:59 MDT 2011
On Sat, 20 Aug 2011, Ken Gillett wrote:
> OK, thanks for that. For some reason that escapes me now, I was sure
> that [--exclude '.*'] caused problems.
> I'll have a go with just '.*'.
My guess is that you were once trying to sync a directory containing
hidden (dot) directories. So, e.g.:
$ treeish somedir
│ ├── .hidden-file
│ └── normal-file
Even though normal-file in somedir/.hidden/ doesn't match '.*' it's
excluded, because its parent directory ( somedir/.hidden/ ) has been
In that case, you can add:
--include='.*/' <-- include things matching .* which are directories
--exclude='.*' <-- exclude things matching .*
Since includes trump later excludes, that keeps hidden directories, but
discards hidden files.
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