Wayne Davison <> changed:

           What    |Removed                     |Added
         Resolution|---                         |WONTFIX
             Status|NEW                         |RESOLVED

--- Comment #1 from Wayne Davison <> ---
Excludes don't affect args, just items that are found in recursion. A
files-from list is the same as specifying all the names as args on the
command-line, and thus are not affected.  Specifying an exclude of just the dir
name matches only that dir itself, so when recursing inside the dir, that rule
won't match anything.  If you don't want a particular arg to be included, you
can filter it out of the files-from file.  Your exclude of dir/** (or dir/***)
is also a good solve, as it tells rsync to affect the contents of a particular

One filter solution:

egrep -v '/dir(/|$)' files_from | rsync -aiv --files-from=- / /to/

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