Problem getting cpbackup to exclude symlink folders

bmett

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Aug 5, 2010
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Hi cPanel team,

I've spent quite some time now to figure this one out without success. Following scenario:

One account on the server has 3 folders in the root directory of the account:

Code:
/home/accname/symlink1
/home/accname/symlink2
/home/accname/symlink3
All 3 folders are symlinked to a very large folder structure (about 1TB in size). I need to exclude these 3 folders from cpbackup. If I don't do that, the backup process simply takes too long.

I tried a local cpbackup-exclude.conf file like this:
Code:
symlink1
symlink2
symlink3
No luck. As soon as I start the cpbackup manually with /scripts/cpbackup and trace the process I can see that cpbackup is already inside symlink1.

I use the legacy backup, but tried the new backup as well. I also tried the global exclude file (like the local one above). No luck either.

What am I doing wrong? The only thing that is different here from a standard scenario, is that the folders are symlinked. Could that have something todo with it?

Hope someone can help.

Cheers,

EDIT: Forgot to mention: Incremental Backup is disabled
 
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bmett

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What is the exact path of your large 1 TB folder ? And have to tried to add that path in your cpbackup-exclude.conf file ?
That's a nice idea. Will try that now. The exact path is actually a NFS mount ...

I'll get back to you.

Cheers!

- - - Updated - - -

Ok I have to apologise. I said in my initial post that the folders are symlinks.

They are not. The are direct NFS mounts.

Any idea on how to exclude those?
 

cPanelMichael

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Ok I have to apologise. I said in my initial post that the folders are symlinks.

They are not. The are direct NFS mounts.

Any idea on how to exclude those?
Feel free to open a support ticket so we can access your system and attempt to reproduce the behavior:

Submit A Ticket

Let us know the ticket number and we can update this thread with the outcome.

Thank you.
 

bmett

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Hi Michael,

I've now opened a ticket with you guys. Hope I get a solution :)

Ticket No 4310043

Cheers,
 
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cPanelMichael

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I've now opened a ticket with you guys. Hope I get a solution :)

Ticket No 4310043
To update, it was determined that it's not possible to exclude symbolic links from backups if they are within the account's home directory. It was recommended that a feature request be opened for this:

Submit A Feature Request

Thank you.
 

sargearmstrong

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This seems to still be the case, hard to believe though.

Any suggestions for excluding 10TB storage mount points from user home directory backups?
Specifying the folder and sda/path, in both the users' exclude and etc/exclude file have no impact. Oye!

Would be thrilled if anybody has suggestion. Thanks!