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Using pathname attributes in Retrospec Selector

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I think I'm missing something on how pathnames are supposed to work in Selector expressions in Retrospect v4.0.  I can't get get an expression like "Folder pathname ends with Folder:Cache" to work when I try to select Netscape's cache files.  (I was setting up a selector to keep Retrospect from backing up those files.)  Also using the entire, copy-and-pasted pathname (ie, "Folder pathname exactly matches Macintosh HD:Netscape Navigator....") didn't work either.  Very frustrating.

Instead I had to use two expressions with an 'and', like "Enclosing folder name contains netscape and folder name contains cache".  That works just fine, but I'm still troubled why my attempt to use pathname didn't work.

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Are you using the program on a network? It may be necessary to include complete "complete" path such as zone and machine name. Retrospect can operate over a network and may need this information to distinguish between the different computers.

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I got the answer to this in the comp.sys.mac.apps newsgroup.  The
trick is that the pathname for a folder ends in a colon.  For my
example what works is "Folder pathname ends with Folder:Cache:".

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Which means this problem has been resolved? The colon makes sense, otherwise it would indicate a file.
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