How do you exclude a directory that is a symlink?

Steve Dondley s at
Fri Mar 3 13:50:39 UTC 2017

The directory I'm trying to copy from is: /home/blah/dir

The symlink is /home/blah/dir/unwanted_symlinked_dir

On Fri, Mar 3, 2017 at 8:10 AM, Paul Slootman <paul+rsync at> wrote:

> On Fri 03 Mar 2017, Steve Dondley wrote:
> > I'm trying to rsync a directory from a server to my local machine that
> has
> > a symbolic link to a directory I don't want to download. I have an
> > "exclude" option to exclude the symlink which works fine. However, if I
> add
> > a --copy-links option to the command, it appears to override my "exclude"
> > directive and the contents of the symlinked directory gets downloaded
> > anyway.
> You don't say explicitly, is the target of the symlink inside or
> outside the source directory?
> Paul

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