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Robo copy exclude not working, need help with syntax or whatever the cause is

Posted on 2011-03-11
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I have this script I am running and I have a exclude set but it doesn't seem to be working, the share folder is copying fine but the exclude1 and exclude2 are still being copied instead of excluded.

Is there a problem with the syntax or something else? This is for migrating data to a network storage device from a Windows 2003 file and print server. I ran this on another machine and had the same problem.
set Source=\\server\share\

 

set Destination=\\networkstorage\share\

 

set LogFile="C:\CopyLogs\Copy_log.log"

Set Exclude=\\server\share\exclude1\
Set Exclude=\\server\share\exclude2\

robocopy.exe %Source% %Destination% /ZB /MIR /COPYALL /XD %Exclude% /R:5 /W:1 /LOG:%LogFile% /TEE

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by:REIUSA
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Also, I have tried the same command above with only one excluded folder and had the same problem. I think I actually left out the extra exclude form the command but either way it didn't work with one exclude either.
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LHT_ST earned 250 total points
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the way you have it set up at the moment, you are changing the variable exclude. its sets to the exclude1 path and then you set it to the exclude2 path so even if it did work it would only exclude the exclude 2 path.

i take it you dont have any spaces in th exclude paths either?
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by:REIUSA
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I see, if I set to variables for exclude do I need to use the /XD command twice or just once with both %exclude% %exclude2% behind it?

I still don't get why it doesn't work with the XD command even with only one exclude variable.
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by:Casey Herman
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change this Set Exclude=\\server\share\exclude1\
to this Set Exclude=\\server\share\exclude1\*.*

and see what happens.
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by:REIUSA
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It's weird, I ran a test on my local PC and on a Netapp share and it worked fine. Is there any reason that much larger amounts of data being copied would cause it not to exclude properly?
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by:REIUSA
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After fooling around with it a little more I changed it so the exclusion path used the drive letter instead of just the UNC, I have no idea why this would work but it seems like it did.

Changed to something like this....
Set Exclude=\\server\E$\share\exclude1\
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by:REIUSA
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After fooling around with it a little more I changed it so the exclusion path used the drive letter instead of just the UNC, I have no idea why this would work but it seems like it did.

Changed to something like this....
Set Exclude=\\server\E$\share\exclude1\
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