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Old 04-26-2015, 03:20 PM   #1
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Need someone to look at rsync script

I am using rsync to backup some files from /home/joe/ to a flash drive: /linux/media/joe/

rsync is copying some files over that I don't want. I am hoping someone can look at my backup script and filter file and show me what I am doing wrong. I have researched a lot about this program, but am apparantly missing something.

This is my backup script:

# Flash backup script

#The source directory:

#The target directory:

#The rsync options:
OPT="-av --numeric-ids --delete --delete-excluded --filter=merge_/home/joe/bin/scripts/filter-rule-flash.txt"

#Execute the backup
rsync $OPT $SRC $TRG
This is the filter-rule file:
- /downloads/
- /audacity/
- /videos/
- /.cache/
- /.gvfs/
The script still copies /video over but I din't see .cache/ or .gvfs/ but I stopped after it started copying video files.

I don't know what could be the problem except maybe the quotes in the OPT variable in the script

Thanks for help

Last edited by JosephS; 04-26-2015 at 03:22 PM.
Old 04-26-2015, 05:50 PM   #2
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The filter command is quite complex try using the simpler '--exclude-from=FILE' instead.


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