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  1. #1

    How do I use rsync filters for backup?

    I'm trying to figure out how to use rsync and the filter rules to backup some of my directories. like /home and /etc.
    I tried a test with a few of my home directories. I was trying to copy the health and knives directories with contents.
    rsync -av --filter='merge /home/joe/filter-rule' documents/ test
    I used this as filter-rule:
    + */
    + /knives
    + /health
    - *
    which is what I found in the man page, as well as looking on the net for articles. This copied all the directories from documents with nothing in them.
    If I use +* for the first line it copies everything.
    What am I missing; how do I just copy the directories and contents that I want.


  2. #2
    I think I've found the answer. For filter rule file:

    + /health/***
    + /knives/***
    - *

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