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    Question about rdiff-backup

    I have made use of the script published by TheFu in the how-to here <https://lpi.jdpfu.com/2023-Backups/2023-Backup-How-To.html>, -Thank-you to TheFu!
    My script reads:
    /usr/bin/rdiff-backup -v5 backup \
    --exclude-sockets --exclude-device-files --exclude-fifos \
    --exclude '**/cache' --exclude "$TGT" \
    --include /usr/local --include /etc \
    --include /root --include /home \
    --exclude '**' / "$TGT"
    My question is:
    Should not the "--exclude '**/cache'" statement prevent backing up my cache files?
    I ask, as I have 38,096 lines of /cache... recorded in the backup
    eg.

    Processing file home/joe/.cache/mozilla/firefox/yezx7u17.default-release/cache2/entr 6152 ies/04654E72EA0E9E33...

    I'm not sure, but I thought backing up these files was unnecessary and would waste space and resources?
    I would appreciate some clarification on this and assurance if I have things optimised.
    Thanks in advance for any help offered

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    Re: Question about rdiff-backup

    Details matter.

    Code:
    --exclude '**/cache'
    and
    Code:
    home/joe/.cache/
    Look closely.

    If you don't want ~/.cache backed up, which I think is sensible, you should have
    Code:
    --exclude '**/.cache'
    Right?

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    Re: Question about rdiff-backup

    Of course.
    Thank-you again

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