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Old 05-11-2004, 08:34 AM   #1
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Post rsync syntax to skip directory, but copy select files..

I'm trying to use rsync to backup from one drive to another. I'm having trouble with the syntax to skip a folder except for certain file extensions in that folder. No combination of --exclude, --include, --exclude-from, or --include-from seems to be able to handle it. I either get all of the folder I'm trying to skip or none of it. Any ideas?
Old 05-11-2004, 09:02 AM   #2
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This should work.....

Where test is the directory you want to exclude and
*.txt are the files that you want to include.

--include "test/*.txt" --exclude "test/"
Old 05-11-2004, 07:25 PM   #3
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Thanks, but --include "test/*.txt" --exclude "test/" doesn't do the trick. Nothing in directory "test" gets copied as long as the --exclude is there, even with the explicit --include of the files. Any other ideas?
Old 07-24-2007, 05:40 AM   #4
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This problem can be solved thus:
rsync -av '--include=test/*.txt' '--exclude=test/*' startdir/ targetdir/
the solution proposed by homey excluded test/ directory, while this only excludes the files in test directory.

I now still see a problem with the .txt-files in subdirectories of test...
Anybody ?


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