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I am trying to mirror directories with lftp but I don't want to download filetypes that are notoriously large like .mp4 and .swf. But I am having trouble with the regex - and seeming like the exclude-glob too. Both of them download all files.

What I tried:

/usr/local/bin/lftp -u user,pass -e 'mirror -x ^(\.mp4|\.swf)$ $src $dest' ftp.host

&&

/usr/local/bin/lftp -u user,pass -e 'mirror -X swf $src $dest' ftp.host

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In the first case you have to quote the vertical bar (|), since inside lftp it is a special symbol too (also use double quotes to interpolate src and dest variables, quote backslash and dollar sign to prevent their interpretation by the shell):

/usr/local/bin/lftp -u user,pass -e "mirror -x '^(\\.mp4|\\.swf)\$' $src $dest" ftp.host

In the second case you have to use glob patterns, like this:

/usr/local/bin/lftp -u user,pass -e "mirror -X *.mp4 -X *.swf $src $dest" ftp.host

In any case I would recommend to test the mirror command by hand first and automate it later.

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