Folder /public_html looks like this:
/public_html assets/ dev/ dev2/ code/ images/ css/ index.php
I need to clone all the files and folders (with a couple of exceptions) in this directory into the /public_html/dev folder. We need to exclude the dev/ folder as it is the destination, and also want to exclude the dev2/ folder.
Rsync makes this easy:
rsync -av --exclude='path1/to/exclude' --exclude='path2/to/exclude' source destination
In my scenario, something like the following gets the job done:
rsync -av --exclude='dev/' --exclude='dev2/' /public_html /public_html/dev