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Unselecting/exclude sub-folders included when starting with empty list

ScottD-KMHA :

Apr 07, 2017

Here is a feature request I may have brought up, out of context or before it was possible, in another topic.  Now that "conf.dst.filters.as_source" feature is in place, perhaps this request would be feasible?

It would be very helpful if we were able to use the "What to backup" -> Details button -> Start with an empty list -> include -> and then click a top level folder (check box it), but then be able to unselect/uncheck/exclude a sub-folder below that.

Currently, you can only select to include the top level folder with no choice to then exclude the sub-folders or sub-files below that.  A lot of times we have continuously changing log files, cache files, or temp files that we don't need to waste time or resources syncing.  It would be very beneficial if we could unselect to ignore these sub-folders/files but still be able to target the remaining folders (at that same level) or any new folders/files added under the top-level folder that is check marked, etc.

Alex Pankratov :

Apr 10, 2017

This is already on a ToDo list, but it's not an easy change to make under app's existing design. This is due to the fact that the filtering system is organized as a set of 3 settings -

    1. Initial action - include all, exclude all
    2. A list of items with reverse action
    3. A general list of rules

It's exactly what you see in the UI. Allowing to exclude items of explicitly included folders will require changing the semantics of #2 and it's not a simple change.

That said, it's a very natural feature to have, so we'll get it done.

Meanwhile, the workaround is to use generic rules (in 3rd section) to exclude what you don't need. Not as convenient, of course, but should make do as a crutch.

ScottD-KMHA :

Apr 10, 2017

Fair enough.  Thank you.

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