# download to `/var/tmp/ignorelist` wget https://raw.githubusercontent.com/rubo77/rsync-homedir-excludes/master/rsync-homedir-excludes.txt -O /var/tmp/ignorelist # or copy to `/var/tmp/ignorelist` cp ./rsync-homedir-excludes.txt /var/tmp/ignorelist # edit the file /var/tmp/ignorelist to your needs nano /var/tmp/ignorelist # define a Backup directory, for example: BACKUPDIR=/media/$USER/linuxbackup/home/$USER/ BACKUPDIR=/media/workspace/home/$USER/ # first append the “-n” parameter rsync will simulate the operation. you should use this before you start: rsync -naP --exclude-from=/var/tmp/ignorelist /home/$USER/ $BACKUPDIR
#check for permission denied errors in your homedir: rsync -naP --exclude-from=/var/tmp/ignorelist /home/$USER/ $BACKUPDIR|grep denied
# if it is all fine, start your backup with rsync -aP --exclude-from=/var/tmp/ignorelist /home/$USER/ $BACKUPDIR
You can edit the ignorelist file before execution as it serves you well:
At the start, there is a section with directories, probably not worth a backup. Uncomment those lines to exclude them as well.
All lines starting with a
#are being ignored.
The syntax doesn't support comments at the end of a line yet.