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Thanks for your fast reply!

After knowing that the script should work correctly, I took a deeper look into my script file, and found a \0, i.e. ASCII value zero, character in it! Seems that the parser stopped at that char and silently ignored the rest of the mask.

May I suggest:
- Would be nice to get some more feedback about how the filemask was parsed. For example if one could get a list of the files to be synced, and the ones excluded, without actually synchronizing? Would make testing cases like this much faster -- actually running the sync can take a very long time.
- And throwing a warning when there is such odd character in the script would be good as well.

Anyways, thanks for a great app, saved the day for me! All other sync solutions I tested were failing miserably...

Re: filemask option does not seem to exclude anything

I do not see anything wrong about your script.

I've tried the same and it works for me:

open test@

lcd b:\sync
cd /sync
synchronize remote -mirror -filemask="|*\_removed\; *\tmp\; *\*.zip; sessions\; t22loader_output.txt; */logs/; *\tmp_*; testdata\; *.pyc; *\*.pyc; .svn\; *\.svn\"

Neither .svn folder, nor were synchronized, while file4.txt and "folder" were.

Searching for host...

Connecting to host...
Using username "test".
Authenticating with pre-entered password.
Starting the session...
Reading remote directory...
Session started.
Active session: [1] test@
24/05/2012  08:36    <DIR>          ..
24/05/2012  08:30    <DIR>          .svn
28/03/2012  09:14             2,776 file1.txt
13/01/2012  12:00               241
17/02/2012  12:16             2,369 file3.txt
08/02/2012  11:38             1,291 file4.txt
24/05/2012  08:36    <DIR>          folder
Drw-rw-rw-   0                           0 May 24  9:36:42 2012 .
Drw-rw-rw-   0                           0 May 24  9:36:42 2012 ..
-rw-rw-rw-   0                        2677 Mar 28  9:14:53 2012 file1.txt
-rw-rw-rw-   0                        2271 Feb 17 12:16:03 2012 file3.txt
Local 'b:\sync' => Remote '/sync'
Local 'b:\sync' => Remote '/sync'
b:\sync\file4.txt         |          1 KiB |    0.0 KiB/s | ascii  | 100%
b:\sync\folder            |          0 KiB |    0.0 KiB/s | ascii  |   0%

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filemask option does not seem to exclude anything

I have not been able to get -filemask to ignore any files. I have tried with spaces after the ;-character, ""-characters around the option, changing / to \ etc. I would like to ignore all files in the logs/ -directory, and all files in all .svn directories.

I am using WinSCP, Version 5.0.7 (Build 2268) on Windows XP.

I run this command: /console /script=bat\backup_winscp_script.txt

With this script-file:

# Open predefined connection

open HQserver
synchronize remote -mirror -filemask="|*\_removed\; *\tmp\; *\*.zip; sessions\; t22loader_output.txt; */logs/; *\tmp_*; testdata\; *.pyc; *\*.pyc; .svn\; *\.svn\"
# Touch a file on the replica -- this can be used to show "last updated"
touch updated

The output still shows that for example files in .svn and logs-directory are synced:


E:\...\.svn\entries       |          1 KiB |    0.0 KiB/s | binary | 100%
Local 'E:\thewebsite\docs_etc\.svn' => Remote '/cygdrive/c/Users/HQserver/thewebsite/docs_etc/.svn'
E:\...\.svn\entries       |          0 KiB |    0.0 KiB/s | binary | 100%
Local 'E:\thewebsite\logs' => Remote '/cygdrive/c/Users/HQserver/thewebsite/logs'
E:\...\bin_generator.log  |        855 KiB |   38.2 KiB/s | binary |  34% ...