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Escaping a character in a folder name

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Escaping a character in a folder name

Post by vivadavid » Mon Sep 23, 2019 10:40 pm

Hello,

In the 'Files/Folder NOT to copy' section of a profile, I have added two paths containing folders with square brackets as part of their names, but I have realised that these square brackets are taken, instead, as wildcards:

\[YO]\varios\
\amigos & familia\[[OTROS]\[[[DESCARTADOS]\

As as result, SyncBack tries to copy these two folders to destination, so the exceptions aren't taken into account.

Since renaming these folders isn't an option, and after doing some research, I've learnt about "escaping" a character, and so I've typed a backtick before each square bracket (unsuccessfully):

\`[YO`]\varios\
\amigos & familia\`[`[OTROS`]\`[`[`[DESCARTADOS`]\

I've tried to use other characters (/, \, //, ^) and I have also used simple and double quotations before and after each square bracket, but nothing has worked.

I'm stuck now, and since I couldn't find a similar issue in the forum, I decided to write this thread hoping somebody can give me a hand.

Thank you in advance.

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Re: Escaping a character in a folder name

Post by vivadavid » Mon Oct 07, 2019 5:02 pm

Hello, again,

My message didn’t get a reply, and so I don’t know if there’s somebody interested in the issue, but I eventually found a solution.

For every opening square bracket, you must add another opening square bracket at the front and a closing square bracket at the back, so that [ becomes [[].

You only do that with opening square brackets: closing square brackets remain unaltered.

As a result, my two original rules turn into these:

\[[]YO]\varios\
\amigos & familia\[[][[]OTROS]\[[][[][[]DESCARTADOS]\

My tests indicate that this solution works at least on current version 9.1.12.0.

I hope this saves time to somebody who encounters the same problem in the future.

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