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I am new in Magento. Which files and folders should exclude while downloading a running Magento site to install in localhost ??

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When cloning stores, I often exclude,

/var/log
/var/session
/var/cache
/var/full_page_cache
/var/report
/var/tmp
/includes/src/
/media/catalog/product/cache
/var/backups
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Depending on how much images the store has and whether they are important, I would exclude whole /media

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