[CentOS] rsync question

Tue Apr 8 14:16:22 UTC 2008
Jeff Larsen <jlar310 at gmail.com>

On Tue, Apr 8, 2008 at 5:18 AM, Anne Wilson <cannewilson at googlemail.com> wrote:
> I run several backup scripts by cron, one of which backs up my mail.  I do not
>  want it to back up the Trash folder, but it appears to be doing so.  I
>  conclude that my script is faulty somewhere, and would be grateful for
>  advice.
>  The command is
>  rsync -auvz --delete-after --exclude-from=/home/anne/rsync_skiplist_mail.txt /home/anne/Maildir/ /Data3/anne/Maildir/
>  where rsync_skiplist_mail.txt says
>  *~
>  .[a-z]*
>  .[A-Z]*
>  Maildir/.INBOX.Bugs/
>  Maildir/.Trash/
>  Comments, please?

I've always found exclude patterns to be a trial and error process,
mostly errors. They never seem to do what you think they will. As a
starting point, I would try putting a / in from of the Maildir
patterns and put ** at the end of them.

>From "man rsync" (sorry, I know you're a CentOS list regular and have
probably read the man page, but sometimes the relevant text fails to
stand out):

       The easiest way to see what name you should include/exclude is
to just  look  at
       the output when using --verbose and put a / in front of the
name (use the --dry-
       run option if you're not yet ready to copy any files).

I think this is one of the weakest features of rsync. I wish they
would implement something that would generate more predictable