Exclude & --delete not working?

Dave Dykstra dwd at bell-labs.com
Fri May 3 14:30:01 EST 2002

That is the way it is intended to work; the exclude list is not sent from
server to client.  Back when I was official maintainer of rsync somebody
almost had me convinced to change it, but I decided that it was good the
way it was because to the client it appears like those files don't even
exist on the server.  If you want to exclude the same files on both sides,
put the excludes into a --exclude-from file and use it on the command line
as well as in rsyncd.conf.  Copy it first from server to client with a
separate rsync command to make sure both sides have the same list.

- Dave Dykstra

On Sun, Apr 14, 2002 at 03:08:57PM +0200, Sentalize wrote:
> Hi there,
> we have an odd problem, which maybe how rsync is
> intended to work, but I think not: On server side, we
> run rsync in daemon mode with a share [foo] that has a
> serverside path of /foo. On client side, we invoke
> rsync -zavuSH --delete server::foo/ /foo. The rsync
> daemon uses an exclusion list. 
> The problem is, the client rsync deletes clientside
> whatever is in the exclusionlist. If I read the rsync
> manual page, I was under the assumption, that --delete
> would continue to work on everything, that is not
> being excluded int he exclusionlist on the server.
> However, it seems to treat excluded direcotires as if
> not existing on the server and they all get deleted on
> the clientside instead of being ignored, i.e. act, as
> if we used --delete-excluded and not just --delete. Or
> does rsync treat directories/files, that are being
> excluded serverside as if they would not exist, thus
> deleting them ont he client? Should not act that way,
> I think. We can not just give up --delete, as we still
> want 1:1 compies for everything, that is not being
> excluded. The version in use is 2.3.2-Dykstra_patch1,
> protocol verison 21 on both sides. I'll try compile
> something new now to see wheater that's the problem. I
> hope this is enough information for you. I could nto
> solve it by reading manpages and docs online, as they
> all only explain the options, but not this case we
> have.
> Greetings!
>     Philippe Steindl
> PS: I am not part of the mailing list, I hope I can
> still get an answer :)
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