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I am trying to do a system back up of my entire OS

I am using these command and both are not excluding the files I want

sudo rsync -avz --exclude="/tmp" --exclude="/sys" --exclude="/lost+found" --exclude="/mnt" --exclude="/proc" --exclude="/tmp" --exclude="/media" /* /home/willc86/backup/sudo rsync 

and the one I am trying that I searched online is

# rsync -aAXv --exclude={"/dev/*","/proc/*","/sys/*","/tmp/*","/run/*","/mnt/*","/media/*","/lost+found"} /* /path/to/backup/folder

both are still copying everything and I am not sure why

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Try this one. I just removed the '/' from all the excludes.

sudo rsync -avz --exclude="tmp" --exclude="sys" --exclude="lost+found" --exclude="mnt" --exclude="proc" --exclude="dev" --exclude="media" / /home/willc86/backup/
  • This did it for me, thanks!! When I would do OP's command (which I've found on other forums) it would also backup the /mnt folder which is where I was backing up to. When I excluded the way described it would exclude the folders correctly. – Maarten Sep 12 '18 at 17:07
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I think you need add * after each sub dir such as /dev/* ...

rsync -aAXv --exclude={"/dev/*","/proc/*","/sys/*","/tmp/*","/run/*","/mnt/*","/media/*","/lost+found"} / /path/to/backup/folder

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