How to Exclude Files From Backups in WHM

How to Exclude Files From Backups in WHM

Overview

To exclude files or directories from your user backups, perform either of the following actions:

  • Exclude the files from all users’ backups
  • Exclude the files from an individual user’s backups.

The global and local exclude files apply to the account backups that you manage in WHM’s Backup section (Home >> Backup) and the Download or Generate a Full Website Backup feature in cPanel’s Backup interface (Home >> Files >> Backup).

Notes:

  • If you initiate a Home Directory backup in cPanel’s Backup interface (Home >> Files >> Backup), the global and local exclude files do not affect the contents of the backup file.
  • If you perform a backup with the /scripts/pkgacct script, the global and exclude files do not affect the contents of the backup file.

Global exclude file

The /etc/cpbackup-exclude.conf file exclude files with a filespec relative to anywhere that the backup script functions. To exclude files or directories from your backups for all user accounts, add those files or directories to the/etc/cpbackup-exclude.conf file.

The backup system excludes the following files and directories for all users’ backups by default:

*/.wysiwygPro_*
*/core.[0-9]
.MirrorSearch
.cpan
.cpanel/caches
.cpanel/datastore
.cpcpan
.sqmailattach
access-logs
public_ftp/.ftpquota

Local exclude file

To exclude files or directories from an individual user’s backups, add the files or directories to exclude to the cpbackup-exclude.conf file in the user’s directory, one per line.

If the file does not already exist, you must create it. To do this, run the following command:

touch /home/username/cpbackup-exclude.conf

Notes:

  • In this example, username represents the name of the user who owns the files or directories.
  • If you enter a directory name, the backup system excludes all of the files that are inside the directory.
  • Do not include leading or trailing characters of any kind, such as slashes (/) or periods (.).

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