Mirroring two systems

Dave Dykstra dwd at bell-labs.com
Fri Mar 22 02:47:43 EST 2002

Rsync can only delete files out of directories it is told to examine, and
by specifying $1.* you're giving it a list of files inside the $first
directory and not the $first directory itself.  That's why it can't delete
anything out of $first.  You should remove the "$1.*" (and *not* the
trailing slash) and instead use --include "/$1.*" and --exclude "/*".

- Dave Dykstra

On Tue, Mar 19, 2002 at 08:54:44AM +0100, Freerk J. Bosscha wrote:
> Thanks for reading this question,
> First off all, i'm  quit new working with rsync.
> What I want is to exactly mirror a directory from one 
> system to another system including removing non existing 
> files on the targen if they do not exist on the source.
> I though that adding the parameter --delete, would do the 
> job, but nothing happens.
> The exact command I give is:
> /usr/local1/bin/rsync --compress --recursive --times --perms
> --delete /var/imap/user/$first/$1.* mailbackup:mbox/$first/
> What am I doing wrong,
> ----------------------
> Freerk J. Bosscha

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