rsync and the file's mtime

Adrian Ho aho-sw-rsync at
Mon Nov 25 01:49:00 EST 2002

On Sun, Nov 24, 2002 at 05:46:06AM -0500, Jeff Bearer wrote:
> I'm trying to write a script that runs rsync to pull files and then
> detect which ones of them have changed.  The problem is when I run rsync
> without the -t flag the mtime gets updated every run, not only when the
> file changes.  It this a bug, by design, or un-avoidable? 

By design -- "man rsync" and read the "-t" option description.

> Is there any way to make rsync behave as desired?

Yeah, and you mentioned it in your problem description.  Is there a
reason why you can't use "-t"?

- Adrian

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