using rdiff-backup to *not* backup all of / ....

Sun, 8 Sep 2002 00:18:05 -0700

Hi folks, I just discovered rdiff-backup through a /. post about it and
I think it's awsome!  I'm currently re-writing my server backup scripts
to use it instead of the old tar/scp solution I had before.

The only thing I can't figure out how to do so far though, is backup
only specific directories.  IE: My backup hd space is limited, so I am
only backing up /etc, /root, /home/alan, /var/mail, and a couple of
other directories.  

I have tried various combinations of the include/exclude flags, but
because the command requires a directory to backup, and that directory
can't be "above" any of the other included directories (ie: I can't say
to backup /home/alan and --include /etc as it gives an error that /etc
is not in /home/alan).

Playing around with something like:  
rdiff-backup --include-filelist /root/backups/includes.txt \
--exclude \*\* / root@mybackup::/backups

Almost worked (for my test the includes.txt file only contained the line
but it only backed up the directory :( Removing the --exclude flag gave
me an error that since was only specifying includes, I was probably not
doing what I thought I was doing.

Can anyone help me with this please? 



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