[Wiltshire] rsync very selectively

David Fletcher dave at thefletchers.net
Mon Jun 11 15:45:36 UTC 2012

Tried asking this question on the Ubuntu list on Friday but so far no
replies :-(

I want to use rsync to copy a very small selection of files from a
desktop to a server. rsync works OK for me except to do this. I want to
firstly exclude everything, then use an include file for the bits I do

I found out from the usual google search how to exclude everything.

I can get the include file to copy .bash* but no matter what I try I
can't persuade it to recursively do directories, in this case the
scripts directory for starters. I've tried it with -r, --recursive,
--dirs, with a training /, without a trailing /, trailing /* ......
nothing works for me and I can't find a how-to.

So, in desperation I'm asking for help!

The command I'm running from inside a script as user jf is
rsync -av --recursive --include-from=/home/jf/scripts/BackupIncludes
--delete-excluded --exclude='*' --bwlimit=3000 /home/jf/
jf at server:/home/jf/DesktopHomeBackup

and the BackupIncludes file contains

Can anybody help with this please?


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