How do you exclude a directory that is a symlink?

Ken Chase rsync-list-m829 at
Fri Mar 3 15:48:51 UTC 2017

Considering you cant INCLUDE a directory that is a symlink... which would
be really handy right now for me to resolve a mapping of 103 -> meaningful_name
for backups, instead im resorting to temporary bind mounts of 103 onto 
meaningful_name, and when the bind mount isnt there, the --del is emptying
meaningful_name accidentally at times.

I think both situations could benefit from a --resolve-cmd-line-links switch
to resolve COMMAND LINE-SUPPLIED symlinks.


On Fri, Mar 03, 2017 at 07:41:10AM -0500, Steve Dondley said:
  >A thousand greetings,
  >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
  >I suspect I need some kind of --filter option. I read the documentation (or
  >at least tried do) regarding the --filter option but a mortal, casual user
  >like me could not make heads or tails of it.

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