Non-standard usage of rsync

Alberto Accomazzi aaccomazzi at
Wed Jan 30 00:58:18 EST 2002


I suggest you check out rdiff-backup, written by Ben Escoto for that exact

-- Alberto

In message <200201291239.NAA78931 at>, jarausch at writes:

> Hi,
> I am thinking about a non-standard usage of rsync (at least not
> mentioned in the man file)
> I want to synchronized my collegues home directories(trees) each night
> AND store rsync's internal updating commands (reversed) to be able
> to restore the state of a directory the day before.
> This would require
> - saving the internal updating commands in a separate directory
> - reversing these commands if not stored in reverse
> - an option to rsync to apply these commands to a given
>   directory.
> Is this already possible?
> Is it probably difficult to patch rsync to do so?
> If yes, can the backup option be told to record new/deleted
> files as well. In that case my aims can be achieved at (much)
> higher disk space.
> Thanks for any hints,
> Helmut Jarausch
> Lehrstuhl fuer Numerische Mathematik
> Institute of Technology, RWTH Aachen
> D 52056 Aachen, Germany

Alberto Accomazzi                          mailto:aaccomazzi at
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