wishlist addition?

Brian Mathis bmathis at directedge.com
Fri Sep 27 18:03:00 EST 2002

On Fri, 27 Sep 2002, Greg Baumgartel wrote:
> I didn't see this in the wishlist, but using rsync for backups as I'm
> starting to do now, there's a feature that would be really cool.  I
> don't see it in the man page or in any of the docs online.
> Basically, I'd like to see an option to modify --delete that deletes
> only destination files that have been missing for over Y days.  For
> backups, this provides a time window on the receiving directory where
> you can retrieve them before they're consigned to oblivion.
> So basically it would work
> src:/foo/bar/X -> dest:/foo/bar/X
> Then src:/foo/bar/X gets deleted.  In normal --delete mode, the next
> time rsync runs, dest:/foo/bar/X gets deleted, too.  What I'd like to do
> is delay that deletion until src:/foo/bar/X has been gone for Y days.
> Maybe this has been visited before, as I can't think of a good way,
> other than for rsync to keep an outside DB of what date each file was
> last backed up on (as with the -a option, the timestamps don't indicate
> this, they're set to the source timestamp, which is what I want....).  I
> don't know if any of the 'stat' info on the destination file (like the
> change timestamp - modification definitely wouldn't work....) would be
> useful, though.
> Thoughts?

Take a look at this document:

It will accomplish very much what you're talking about.  It's not
integrated into rsync, but it's also only a few short lines of script.

Won't help on Windows though.

Brian Mathis
Direct Edge

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