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If I have the following directory structure:


how do I exclude the top-level foo directory without excluding bar/foo? When I run:

rsync --exclude-from exclude-file ...

and the contents of exclude-file is merely:


both directories are excluded.

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up vote 1 down vote accepted

OK, the answer is blindingly obvious. exclude-file should be written as:

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