remote sync - filemask to exclude a subfolder

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remote sync - filemask to exclude a subfolder

Hello,
I'm trying to use WinSCP (5.1.7 on Windows 7) to set up an automated deployment of a .NET app to an SFTP server (Windows-based shared hosting).
Using the great documentation I was able to get this working except for one part.

I'd like the deployment to ignore a subfolder (e.g. /App_Data/logs/) and all files within.
I've tried to use the exclusion filemask in a dozen different ways but just cannot find the right formula - WinSCP still syncs the subfolder.

This is the command line I use:
winscp /command "option batch abort" "open sftp://login:pwd@server.com/ -hostkey=""ssh-rsa 2048 fingerprint""" "cd /web/content/" "lcd test" "ls" "lls" "synchronize remote -delete -nopermissions -transfer=binary -filemask=""|App_Data/logs/; App_Data/logs/*.*; App_Data/logs/*/*.*""" "close" "exit"

Result (console output) is:
Comparing...
...
Local 'C:\...\test\App_Data\logs' => Remote '/web/content/App_Data/logs'
Synchronizing...
Local 'C:\...\test\App_Data\logs' => Remote '/web/content/App_Data/logs'
'/web/content/App_Data/logs/logs.txt' deleted
C:\...\logs\logs2.txt | 0 KiB | 0.0 KiB/s | binary | 0%

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Combining include and exclude file masks

Hi Martin,

I have a similar situation where I am trying to exclude a subdirectory when calling getfile and putfile. However I am slightly confused by the pipe | that starts the exclusion portion in the filemask.

My powershell script is currently working perfectly using pipe as a separator for an INCLUSION filemask designed to get and push certain file types:
$mask = "*.txt|*.ps1|*.bat"
$files = $session.EnumerateRemoteFiles($remotepath, $mask,
[WinSCP.EnumerationOptions]::AllDirectories)

So how can I add a subdirectory EXCLUSION to the existing mask? I have tried
$mask = "*.txt;*.ps1;*.bat|*/", or even just the inclusion file mask with the semicolon separator alone $mask = "*.txt;*.ps1", just to see if the semicolon works.

Files are not getting downloaded with this approach.

Your help would be much appreciated. Thank you for everything you do.

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Re: Combining include and exclude file masks

The mask argument of Session.EnumerateRemoteFiles supports only simple Windows wildcards. Not exclusion masks.
https://winscp.net/eng/docs/library_session_enumerateremotefiles#mask
With the pipe as a mask separator, you have only hit an edge case of internal mask processing implementation. It should have never worked this way. It's actually a bug.

If you do not want to list subdirectories, replace [WinSCP.EnumerationOptions]::AllDirectories with [WinSCP.EnumerationOptions]::None.

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