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When I do something like

rsync -a --exclude=/e/garbage /e /dest

the exclusion works, but with

rsync -a --exclude=/e/garbage /e/ /dest/e

it doesn't. I'm using version 3.0.7 protocol version 30 under cygwin, in case it matters.

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This is because in the second case, you're rsyncing the contents of /e/, and the filter pattern is rooted there, not up one level. So, you need to remove that from your exclude:

rsync -a --exclude=/garbage /e/ /dest/e
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