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I'm building a shell script and at some point I'm excecuting thie command :

rsync -arv --delete --exclude=".svn,*.db,.DS_Store" Source/ Dest/

However it seems the my exclusion doesn't work. Am I doing something wrong? With a direct command in terminal it works. Perhaps the problem comes from " "

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Perhaps the problem comes from " "

The shell expands metacharacters in doubly-quoted strings and then passes the reult to the actual command (it's actually more complicated than this)

Try using single quotes.


Are you sure the PATTERN in -exclude=PATTERN can be a comma-separated list? I'd try splitting it into multiple -exclude options

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splitting is the good solution : --exclude=./svn --exclude=*.db ... Thx ! – Pierre Dec 6 '12 at 21:38
The shell does NOT expand wildcards in double-quoted strings. The only thing it expands are variables, commands substututions, and arithmetic substitutions. – Barmar Dec 24 '15 at 16:45

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