So I believe I have figured it out.  Seems rsync does relative filtering from the "root" directory that you are copying from.  Here is the little blurb from the rsync man:

       o      if the pattern starts with a / then it is anchored to a particu-
              lar  spot  in  the  hierarchy  of files, otherwise it is matched
              against the end of the pathname.  This is similar to a leading ^
              in  regular  expressions.   Thus "/foo" would match a file named
              "foo" at either the "root of the transfer" (for a  global  rule)
              or in the merge-file's directory (for a per-directory rule).  An
              unqualified "foo" would match any file or directory named  "foo"
              anywhere  in  the  tree  because the algorithm is applied recur-
              sively from the top down;

so I removed the beginning of the directory I was trying to filter and left the pattern as rootfs/proc and it seems to be working.

Sri

On Sun, Jun 27, 2010 at 1:47 PM, Sri Rao <sri@cloudflare.com> wrote:
Hi,

I am new to backuppc.  I have setup the server and it is backing things okay except in one instance.  I am trying to backup a machine specifying multiple sharenames.  For one of the shares I want to exclude some subdirs from being backed up.  I am using the rsync method.  For some reason it doesn't seem to be excluding that subdir though.  Here is the log:

Running: /usr/bin/ssh -q -x -l backuppc xxxx /usr/bin/rsync --server --sender --numeric-ids --perms --owner --group -D --links --hard-links --times --block-size=2048 --recursive --ignore-times . /usr/var/lib/perceus/
Xfer PIDs are now 9350
Got remote protocol 30
Negotiated protocol version 28
Sent exclude: /usr/var/lib/perceus/vnfs/*/rootfs/proc/*
Remote[2]: file has vanished: "/usr/var/lib/perceus/vnfs/gravityos-cf-logger/rootfs/proc/2/exe"
Remote[2]: file has vanished: "/usr/var/lib/perceus/vnfs/gravityos-cf-logger/rootfs/proc/2/task/2/exe"
Remote[2]: file has vanished: "/usr/var/lib/perceus/vnfs/gravityos-cf-logger/rootfs/proc/3/exe"

I have set the sharenames and in BackupFilesExclude set the key to be the share /usr/var/lib/perceus and the value to
/usr/var/lib/perceus/vnfs/*/rootfs/proc/* . What am I doing wrong?

Thanks for the help!

Sri