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Old 04-08-2006, 06:26 PM   #1
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Exclude file types in smbclient tar

I've got a relitivly simple bash script that tries to connect to a remote computer on the network, if it finds the other computer, it runs the line

smbclient //$domain/$dir -A $authFile -TXc $bakDir$domain$us$dir.tar /My\ Documents/My\ Music

This sucessfully does the backup and excludes anything in the 'My Music' directory, however, while testing the bash script on my girlfriends machine, I realized that I REALLY need to be able to exclude certain file types (such as avi, mp3, ogg, mpg, wmv, etc) and I'm wondering the correct syntax.

I set up a little test area and tried the following which did not work:

smbclient //fake_comp_name/bt -A /mnt/hdb/.adrong.bak/auth.txt -TXc /home/adrong/tmp.tar *.avi *.mp3

thanks for any help.
Old 04-09-2006, 04:11 PM   #2
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It took some digging to find the answer...

I needed to also use the regular expression parameter 'r' (although this is a misnomer as they only support '*' and '?') so my above (non working) line becomes

smbclient //fake_comp_name/bt -A /mnt/hdb/.adrong.bak/auth.txt -TXrc /home/adrong/tmp.tar *.avi *.mp3

The resource that I used warned that if Samba was not compiled with the 'HAVE_REGEX_H' parameter, you'll have some performance issues.

Last edited by UltramaticOrange; 04-09-2006 at 04:12 PM.


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