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Re: how to copy dir by excluding some subdir?



On Thu, 2006-10-19 at 18:27 -0400, yonas Abraham wrote:
> i want to copy one directory with big sub directory and files on it
> with the exception of some of its sub directories.
> 
> I usually just do cp -r A B, and go to B and delete the once that I
> don't need it. But this becomes expensive as the size of the subdir
> gets bigger and bigger.
> 
> I was hopping something like cp -r --exclude=C A B, to copy dir A to B
> with the exception of dir C which is a sub dir of A. But man cp,
> didn't give me such thing.

You might try using rsync as it does support an "exclude" option:

	rsync -av --exclude=A/C A/ B

See "man rsync" for details and pay attention to the FILTER section.

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