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When you specify a recursive search as part of a
copy action, you would sometimes like to exclude
certain directories from the list of sub directories. In most cases you
will want to do this on a per-command basis (see the pages for these
actions separately), but you can also make a global ignore list. This
can be accomplished by adding the directory to the ignore-list. The syntax
ignore: any:: # # Prevent tidying .X11 directories in /tmp where # window managers write semaphores # .X11 # # Don't tidy emacs locks # !* /local/lib/gnu/emacs/lock/ /local/tmp /local/bin/top /local/lib/tex/fonts /local/etc /local/www /local/mutils/etc/finger.log
None of the above directories will be checked or entered during recursive descents unless a specific command is initiated to search those directories with their names as the top of the search tree.
A handy tip if you are tidying `/tmp' recursively is to include the directory `.X11' here. This directory is used by the X-windows system and deleting it while a window manager has an open session can cause the user some trouble.
Ignore refers to all recursive searches in tidy, files, copy and links.
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