# FSCrawler excludes, Windows server

Has anyone had success with using excludes in FSCrawler on Windows servers?
Are there are any known limitations?
e.g. can you exclude only top level folders or can you exclude deeper folder s eg folder1\sub1\sub2\sub3*.*

What is the syntax?
Are folders / in Windows or \ or \\ (as with the url setting in _settings.yaml) ?

If you are connecting to shared folder
"\\server1.domain.local\share1\$" do you ignore that part of the path in the excludes statement?

Unfortunately we cannot easily add .fscrawlerignore to specific folders
"If a folder contains a file named `.fscrawlerignore` , this folder and its subfolders will be entirely skipped."

I don't know exactly what the syntax is.
I think that if you start FSCrawler in debug mode with `--debug`, you will see some traces giving the path of the file which is checked.

``````logger.debug("directory = [{}], filename = [{}], includes = [{}], excludes = [{}]", directory, filename, includes, excludes);
``````

Could you share one of those lines here so I can know how it works on Windows?

After we found the solution, I'd really appreciate if you could add your findings in FSCrawler documentation with a pull request.

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