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Advanced folders filtering

Including subfolders

Synchronize It! provides several options for handling subfolders during synchronization:

  • No subfolders - only specified folders are synchronized, all subfolders are ignored;
  • Include subfolders - folders are compared along with all subfolders. Subfolders, which were found on one side only, will be either deleted or copied to another side, depending on selected action;
  • Include matched only subfolders - only subfolders, found in both top-level folders are synchronized;
  • Include subfolders matching filter - you can provide mask string, and only subfolders matching this mask will be handled;
  • Exclude subfolders by filter - again, you provide a mask, but in this case all subfolders are handled, except those matching your filter;
In Start dialog you can easily choose one of first 3 options using provided check boxes: Include subfolders and Matched only [subfolders]. Selecting filter for folder is a bit tricky.

How to filter subfolders

To follow our "single screen setup" idea, we have tried to make interface that clearly displays current state, and allows easy modification without many controls at the same time. Here is what we have:

Current filters state is shown in following way:

All subfolders are included;
Filter subfolder by mask;
Exclude subfolders by mask
To modify folder filters settings:
  1. Click current state button:
  2. Select filter mode to use;
  3. Enter filter, which can include:
    • Full path to folder (c:\backup\), or masked path (c:\back*)
    • just folder name (backup), or mask (back*);
    • partial path (backup\dat), or mask (backup\dat*)
    Multiple entries should be divided with semicolon (;).
  4. Click OK to save your changes.
To simplify entering and combining filters, you can press button to open visual editor, which will allow you to browse for folders and edit items without worrying about delimiters.

How are include\exclude folder filters handled

Please consider following notes if you are going to use this feature:
  • When you specify folder filter (eg. "Dat"), non-matched folders will be still searched for matching subfolders. If you want to limit search to top-level folders only, use this syntax: "\Dat";
  • If you want to include all files and folders in filtered folder, use "Dat\*" syntax;
  • When you exclude folder, it's completely skipped. You can still make program to search for subfolders within with this filter: "Dat>"

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