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PKZIP inclusion/exclusion priority

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In PKZIP for DOS, I am a little confused about the use of a text file to list the file names or patterns to include and a separate text file to list the file names or patterns to exclude in a compression session. I don't understand what priority is given to the files to include as compared to those which are to be excluded. Can anyone give me a direction where I might find a discussion on this topic. PKZIP support (email) hasn't been able to answer this to my satisfaction and I can find nothing in the User Manual or in the OnLine Help.
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I don't see a sence in having a priority between these sets of files. They are supposed to be different but not overlapping sets, i.e. there should not be files in the "include" set that are in the "exclude" set. I would suppose you to test the behaviour of the program with simple test sets that both include same files. But whatever you get you should be aware that if it is not documented and if the PKZIP support team did not supply you with information, the result should be considered as "not defined".
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Here is a sample of my "sense":

I want to include all *.bak files on drive C: in my zipped file
but
I don't want to include any *.bak files within the subdirectory "C:\bookkeeping\backups\"
except
the one file "C:\bookkeeping\backups\today.bak".

This is the type of desired selection that I seem to run into all the time. I used to have a (now abandoned and defunct) program called "BAKUP" that had one list for inclusions/exclusions that used a first come first serve priority. It did just what I am describing. It must not have been a very popular feature however, since I've never seen another like it since.
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