Sub-directories and Files

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Choosing Sub-directories and Files Settings

 

To select exactly which folders and files you want to include in your profile, click the Choose sub-directories and files button on the Simple page. By default all files and sub-folders (with the exception of some folders and files you wouldn't want to copy, e.g. your swap file) are included. SyncBackPro always takes the approach that it is better to include files than to exclude them.

 

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The files & folders listed will not include the destination/right files or folders unless it needs to. Deciding on whether it needs to or not depends on the type of profile and the file decisions you've selected. For example, if you're doing a backup to an FTP server then the files and folders on the FTP server won't be shown. However, if you're synchronizing or copying from an FTP server then it will show its files and folders in the tree.

 

If you want to force the tree to display files and folders in both the source/left and destination/right then hold down the Ctrl or Shift keys when you click the Choose sub-directories and files button.

 

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The tree displayed is similar to the one used in Windows File Explorer. You can collapse and expand the folders to see the files and folders within. A folder or file with a tick next to it is included in the profile.

 

Icons

 

When all the files and child folders in a folder are included in the profile, the color of the folders will be solid yellow. If any files or child folders are not included, then the folder will be half yellow. Note that in some cases it is not known if all files and child folders are included until the folder has been fully expanded.

 

If the profile is an Intelligent Synchronization profile then two icons are shown next to the files and folders: the one on the left refers to the source/left, and the one on the right refers to the destination/right. If the file or folder is ticked then the icons will be 'ghosted' if the file or folder does not exist. This lets you easily see if a file or folders exists in the source/left and/or destination/right.

 

New Files and Folders

 

On the right of the tree are two columns: New Files and New Folders. These options let you decide on whether the profile should include any new files or folders that are created within that folder. By default all new files & folders are included. If a folder is not ticked then no files or folders will be included in the profile. These options are not available until you expand the folder. This is because SyncBackPro cannot know what files and folders are new until a folder is expanded revealing what the current contents of the folder is.

 

As an example: you may have a folder in which you only want two specific files included and no other files or folders. You would tick those two files and untick all the other files and sub-folders. Then you would change the folder settings to ignore new files and folders. This way even if a new file is created in that folder it will be ignored, and so will any new sub-folders.

 

Do not use selections (can improve performance)

 

If this checkbox is ticked then file & folder selections are ignored. This can reduce a profiles run time, sometimes dramatically. To further improve performance you may also want to disable the filters. You can also switch off the selections using the -noselect command line parameter.

 

Menu

 

At the top of the window is the menu:

 

Display filters

 

oShow files: This allows you to show or hide files in the tree.

 

oShow files and folders...: These options let you show or hide files and folders depending on whether they exist in the source/left or destination/right. If your profile is synchronizing files then the file icons also inform you if a file exists in the source/left and/or destination/right.

 

oShow files and folders that do not exist: You may have previously selected a file and/or folder to include in your backup. However, that file or folder may no longer exist, e.g. it has been deleted. In this case it will still appear in the tree but will be highlighted in red. If this option is unticked then those non-existent files and folders will be hidden. You can permanently remove them by clicking the Clean up button or ticking the Clean up automatically option.

 

Other options

 

oClean up automatically: Files or folders that do not exist will be automatically removed from the tree. You can manually remove them by clicking the Clean up button.

 

oDo not display file icons: To improve performance on slower computers you can choose to not have file icons displayed.

 

oIgnore all new files and folders: All expanded folders will be set to ignore any new files and folders created in them.

 

oInclude all new files and folders: All expanded folders will be set to include any new files and folders created in them.

 

Pop-up menu

 

If you right-click on the tree then a pop-up menu appears with a number of options. These options apply to the selections you have made in the tree:

 

Tick selected: All the items selected in the tree will be ticked.

 

Untick selected: All the items selected in the tree will be unticked.

 

Delete from destination/source: The selected folders will be deleted from the destination (or source) when the profile is next run. You can only choose to delete entire folders (not individual files) and only from unticked folders.

 

Do not delete: The selected folders will not be deleted on the next profile run.

 

Collapse all: All the folders in the tree will be collapsed.

 

Collapse selected: All the selected folders in the tree will be collapsed.

 

Exclude folders with this name: Folders with the same name as the ones you've selected in the tree will be added to the filters (folders not to copy) list.

 

Exclude files with this name: Files with the same filename as the ones you've selected in the tree will be added to the filters (files not to copy) list.

 

Exclude files with this extension: Files with the same filename extension as the ones you've selected in the tree will be added to the filters (files not to copy) list.

 

Include folders with this name: Folders with the same name as the ones you've selected in the tree will be added to the filters (folders to copy) list.

 

Include files with this name: Files with the same filename as the ones you've selected in the tree will be added to the filters (files to copy) list.

 

Include files with this extension: Files with the same filename extension as the ones you've selected in the tree will be added to the filters (files to copy) list.

 

Ignore new files: Any new files created in the selected folders will be ignored.

 

Include new files: Any new files created in the selected folders will be included in the profile

 

Ignore new folders: Any new sub-folders created in the selected folders will be ignored.

 

Include new folders: Any new sub-folders created in the selected folders will be included in the profile.

 

Add file: Add one or more files to the selected folder (or the parent folder of the selected file). To add multiple files separate them with a forward slash (/), e.g. file 1.txt/file 2.txt/file 3.txt. This menu item is hidden if the automatic clean-up checkbox is ticked. It is also hidden if a file or folder has not been selected (or multiple selections have been made). Why would you want to add a non-existent file? The file may not currently exist, but you know that it will in future. Note that as the file does not currently exist, if you click the Clean Up button then it will be removed from the tree.

 

Add folder: Add one or more sub-folders to the selected folder (or to the parent folder of the selected file). To add multiple folders separate them with a forward slash (/), e.g. folder 1/folder 2/folder 3. This menu item is hidden if the automatic clean-up checkbox is ticked. It is also hidden if a file or folder has not been selected (or multiple selections have been made). Why would you want to add a non-existent folder? The folder may not currently exist, but you know that it will in future. Note that as the folder does not currently exist, if you click the Clean Up button then it will be removed from the tree.

 

Open folder: The selected folder will be opened using Windows File Explorer.

 

You can select multiple items in the tree by clicking the mouse and using the Shift and Ctrl keys.

 

To fully expand a folder, press the asterisk (*) key. Warning: this could take a very long time if the folder is on a remote system or contains a large number of files and folders.

 

Buttons

 

At the bottom of the window are some options available via buttons:

 

Clean Up: Files or folders that do not exist will be removed from the tree if this button is clicked. Files and folders that do not exist are highlighted in red.

 

Change Filter: Clicking this button displays the filter window. This lets you choose which types of files to include or exclude, and also choose which folders to include or exclude based on their name. See the Filter Settings section for more information.

 

 

 

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