Exclude folders but not files with the same name

I’m having difficulty crafting some exclude patterns. Would someone be able to help me out?

I want to exclude bin folders under a parent folder. For example, the below folders should be excluded


However, I don’t want to exclude files named bin under the parent folder. For example, the following file should be included:


Is there a way to distinguish between files and folders in the file provided to --exclude-file? I’ve been using /home/user/parent/**/bin, but I think that will exclude files as well, correct?

There’s no way to distinguish between folders and files in exclude patterns, as these are applies before restic knows whether something is a file or folder.

However you could use a pattern like /home/user/parent/**/bin/* which will exclude all files within bin folders.

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Thanks, that works for me!