On Tue, 2006-03-21 at 17:51 +0000, Anne Wilson wrote:
On Tuesday 21 March 2006 07:28, James Wilkinson wrote:
> I should have thought --exclude .[a-z]* or --exclude .??* would have got
> rid of most hidden files and directories. A quick check on my home
> directory suggests both would do the job 
For the test I dropped the '-r', but forgot to exclude ~/Desktop, though it
wasn't important at this point because it was being re-directed to another
directory. Here is what I gave:
rsync -e "/usr/bin/ssh" --exclude=.[a-z]* -auvz /home/anne/
yet it started to act recursively. Most of the hidden files were excluded by
the filter, but it let .DOCPSERVER_box.domain.lan, .ICEauthority
and .Xauthority. I don't think that the first one is a problem, since it is
linked to the box, but the other ones probably are. What do you think?
If you want to exclude the ones that start with an uppercase letter,
change .[a-z]* to .[a-zA-Z]*. This is caused by the fact that shell
globbing is case sensitive, so you need to explicitly list both cases in
> I'd also suspect that for the test, you need to --exclude
> things could get odd if you repeatedly try to syncronise all of your
> home directory to somewhere underneath it.
I haven't spotted the relevant bit in the man page, so do you list the two
excludes simply space-separated?
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