I am thinking of some ways to exclude few development/staging related plugins(e.g P3, Query Monitor) from an automatic migration process to production server. For migration I use managewp.com. In the setup process they have facility to exclude particular folders from migration/backup/clone, so I thought perhaps I can stick in there corresponding directory paths of undesired plugins. But I am not sure such harsh removing way of plugins is the correct way. I know WP deactivates plugin in database if it's gone from radar and shows notification about it. But I haven't found any information on does WP clean up after that harshly removed plugins?
Also mu-plugins directory buzzing in my head as other solution ... But never used it. though it looks like it doesn't have manual deactivation feature. So perhaps it works in the way I need?
Or I have approached this process from wrong side?
Thank you for your input in advance