I want to copy my c directory with all subdirectories excluding ./git subdirectory. I do it using rsync :

echo "copy c and sh files "
rsync -a --include='*.c' --include='*.sh' --include='*/' --exclude='*' ~/c/ ~/Dropbox/Public/c
# remove .git directory = do not send it to dropbox. Thx to Tomasz Sowa
rm -rf ~/Dropbox/Public/c/.git

Can I do it better?

2 Answers 2


Just add an explicit exclude for .git:

rsync -a --exclude='.git/' --include='*.c' --include='*.sh' --include='*/' --exclude='*' ~/c/ ~/Dropbox/Public/c

Another option is to create ~/.cvsignore containing the following line along with any other directories you'd like to exclude:


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    It is specified how you should give the path for --exclude. If you have problems with it, check out this answer.
    – totymedli
    Commented Jan 23, 2018 at 1:34

You can just use rsync --cvs-exclude. It also ignores .git directories.

But take care, that this also ignores directories called core as occurring in Magento source files.

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    This works for the top level .git directory but not for .git directories in submodules. It also does not ignore Git files like .gitmodules. Commented Jul 17, 2014 at 17:26
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    Note: this does not work with default rsync version on latest MacOS, which is 2.6.9 as of March 2023. To get a modern rsync where --cvs-exclude option has been expanded to also exclude .git you need a newer version of rsync. "brew install rsync" will install 3.2.7 as of March 2023! Commented Mar 29, 2023 at 16:32

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