bugrdiff-backup - Bugs: bug #30866, exclude globbing matching


bug #30866: exclude globbing matching

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Submitted on:  Tue 24 Aug 2010 01:05:56 PM UTC  
Category:  None Severity:  3 - Normal
Item Group:  None Status:  None
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Thu 19 Dec 2013 09:31:04 AM UTC, comment #1: 

This should not be a fatal error.

Because of this, my backup in crontab silently failed for months.

Tue 24 Aug 2010 01:05:56 PM UTC, original submission:  

when i try to make a backup and with:

  rdiff-backup --exclude /boot /etc etc

i get the following error:
Fatal Error: Fatal Error: The file specification
cannot match any files in the base directory
Useful file specifications begin with the base directory or some
pattern (such as '**') which matches the base directory.

i agree that the exclude line is non-sense in this case, but this shouldn't be treated as a fatal error. a warning would be sufficient.
it makes more sense if you use a static exclude-globbing-file that simpy contains everything you don't want to have backed up. as i want to share this file among various rdiff-backup-calls, it's a union of all possible files to exclude.

if something doesn't match in an exclude-list you shouldn't exclude it. it should be that simple.



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