I'd like to download a directory from a FTP, which contains some source codes. Initially, I did this:

wget -r ftp://path/to/src

Unfortunately, the directory itself is a result of a SVN checkout, so there are lots of .svn directories, and crawling over them would take longer time. Is it possible to exclude those .svn directories?

wget -X directory_to_exclude[,other_directory_to_exclude] -r ftp://URL_ftp_server

      |-videos ( want to exclude )
      |-audio  (want to exclude)

wget -X /public_html/videos,/public_html/audio ftp:SERVER/public_html/*
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    This actually seems to be the correct comment. The exclude-directories switch does not do patterns/regexes, so you have to include the entire path (from root). The higher-voted answer seems to be incorrect for all but the trivial cases. – John O Sep 28 '16 at 19:26
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    I agree. Although the documentation states that wildcards can be used, I could not get them to work. – Diomidis Spinellis Jan 16 '17 at 17:32
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    wildcards work, but are interpreted first on shell level, so you have to escape them to work. – Joop Kiefte Oct 1 '17 at 19:20
wget --exclude-directories=.svn -r ftp://path/to/src
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