I want to do rsync from the folder e.g. /user/home/ford , and I have a directory named xthp inside ford; so now i want to exclude few of the files from the directory xthp.

I am using the command given below:

rsync -vax --exclude-from=/user/home/ford/xthp/excld.txt /user/home/ford/ destination-path

The files I want to exclude are listed in excld.txt but I am not able to do this.

  • Are the file names newline separated in excld.txt ? Also are you copying to the same filesystem? – heemayl Feb 10 '16 at 6:28
  • Yes, files are new line separated and same type of file system. Within the excld.txt , I wrote like: sng.dat, then in new line, fkg.dat ..... – J. Singh Feb 10 '16 at 6:34
  • Use absolute paths, not relative paths.. – heemayl Feb 10 '16 at 6:36
  • I am using absolute paths only ! – J. Singh Feb 10 '16 at 6:44
  • Can't reproduce.. – heemayl Feb 10 '16 at 6:56

Yes This is correct your command not working -vax:

I just tried with:

rsync -vax --exclude-from=/var/www/html/exclude.txt /var/www/html/test/ /var/www/html/test/

My exclude.txt example file are like below:

- /var/www/html/.git
+ /var/www/html/*.php




Here is your command modified just give try with it:

rsync -vax --exclude-from=/user/home/ford/xthp/excld.txt /user/home/ford/ destination-path

More at exclude-from


rsync -vax --exclude-from=/var/www/html/exclude.txt  /var/www/html/test/ /var/www/html/test
sending incremental file list

sent 104,153 bytes  received 624 bytes  209,554.00 bytes/sec
total size is 153,940,108  speedup is 1,469.22
  • A leading "+" means include the pattern. A leading "-" means exclude the pattern.
  • rsync: failed to open exclude file /user/home/ford/xthp/excld.txt: No such file or directory (2) rsync error: error in file IO (code 11) at exclude.c(1062) [client=3.0.6] – J. Singh Feb 10 '16 at 9:35
  • could you please check like rsync -avz --exclude-from=/var/www/html/exclude.txt /var/www/html/test/ /var/www/html/test it's ok here ...sending incremental file list..sent 397,400 bytes received 2,784 bytes 800,368.00 bytes/sec – Ramesh Chand Feb 10 '16 at 11:45

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