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How are "saved rules" applied in the "exclude" section?

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So I'm still in the process of converting from Retrospect 6 to 11 (Mac).


I"m a bit confused about how to apply saved rules to exclude items from backups.


If I have an "include" rule (rule1) that selects a group of files, and I then include this as a "saved rule" in the "exclude" section of another rule (rule2), do those files get excluded from my backup? (Rule1 includes a bunch of files, and rule2 excludes all the files included from rule1.)

Conversely, if I exclude rule1 in the "exclude" section of rule2, then the files included in rule1 get backed up? (Because they are excluded from the "exclude" clause of rule2?)


What happens if rule1 is an exclude rule?


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I have spent some time getting my head around this and it can be fun.


I wrote myself a How To which I have just posted here



I hope that will help you.

Selectors are extremely useful and powerful, and it is well worth the effort to understand them.



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