Bug 7629 - Blank filter file option to ignore whole directory
Summary: Blank filter file option to ignore whole directory
Alias: None
Product: rsync
Classification: Unclassified
Component: core (show other bugs)
Version: 3.0.6
Hardware: All Linux
: P3 enhancement (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Wayne Davison
QA Contact: Rsync QA Contact
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Reported: 2010-08-18 17:15 UTC by Teran McKinney
Modified: 2010-08-19 09:54 UTC (History)
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Description Teran McKinney 2010-08-18 17:15:51 UTC

I know that there are external ways to do this, but I thought it would be fastest and best as an rsync feature. I've been using rsync for a while now in some fairly advanced backup schemes and I'm extremely impressed by it. I was thinking it would be quite helpful if there were an option to ignore directories with a certain file in them, say .ignore-backup or .ignore-rsync. This would make for an easy way to avoid copying excess data, whether it be extracted source tarballs, or existing backups.

I know that rsync supports filter files of a certain name, but I'd like an option where if it sees the file and it's blank, it simply skips the directory.

So for example:

/home/user/backup/.ignore-rsync exists and is blank, then /home/user/backup is ignored, but the it continues onto other folders. If it has filter rules in it, it can continue with processing those rules.

Let me know what you think. I believe it would be a very helpful and simple feature to add.

Comment 1 Wayne Davison 2010-08-19 09:54:11 UTC
The easiest way to accomplish this is to make that signal file be name .rsync-filter, put "- *" into it, and use the -F option for the copy.  Rsync will then obey any filter rules it encounters in the .rsync-filter files it finds sprinkled around in the hierarchy.  This idiom will leave an empty directory, though.  If you want to avoid that, you'd need to put "- /dirname" into the .rsync-filter file of the parent directory (the slash anchors the exclude in the current directory so it doesn't filter a similarly named file/dir in another directory).  If you want to hide the parent-dir .rsync-fiter files, you can repeat the -F option.