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I am looking to use rsync to write log data to an external USB drive connected to a linux server.

The command below is writing all data and not just from October.

sudo rsync -av -r --progress --include **2018-10-** . /mnt/ext1/

The data I need from October can be found in various classes with varying directories.

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rsync -av --include="*/" --include="*2018-10*" --exclude="*" . /mnt/ext1/

You should first include everything you want and then exclude the rest. Use --dry-run to check if everything is working as you like and -m if you don't want the empty directories to be copied.

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