Checking which Files are excluded
As experience teaches, errors may easily sneak in during the process of defining the "include-exclude-list" falseley resulting, as the case may be, in not backing up important files. Therefore it is recommended to check the defined rules for correctness. The graphic TSM client can be used to do so. It can be started by double-cliking the corresponding icon or by entering 'dsmj' in the command line.
If an EXCLUDE-rule applies to a file, this file is marked by a red symbol before the file name and will consequently be excluded from the backup. If an ICLUDE-rule applies to a file, this symbol is not displayed and the file will be included in the backup. Please note that directories excluded by EXCLUDE.DIR are never displayed in the TSM client.
In the example, all files of the pattern 'mrCok*.gif' are excluded from the backup. The following rule could be defined in the configuration file (dsm.sys/dsm.opt):
Another possibility to check the "include-exclude-list" is provided by the function 'Preview Include-Exclude' as of TSM 5.3. This way an "include-exclude-list" can directly be applied to a file or an entire file system. The function can be called via the item 'Preview Include-Exclude' in the menu item 'Utilities'.
You may find that files, for which no EXCLUDE-rules were defined in the configuration file (dsm.sys/dsm.opt), are being excluded from the backup. The reason for this is that some EXCLUDE-rules are already predefinied by the server, which primarily exclude "browser caches" from the backup. You can find out about those predefined rules via the command
dsmc q inclexcl