Dotfiles not being deleted?

jw schultz jw at
Wed Dec 17 06:50:22 EST 2003

On Tue, Dec 16, 2003 at 11:37:38AM -0800, Penelope Fudd wrote:
> Hello..
> I'm attempting to copy/sync a development directory on my laptop to our
> web server, and for some reason dot-files are being copied but not
> deleted.
> Command line:
> rsync -rvva --delete-after -e ssh ./
> The symptom is that I've got files like '.Makefile.swp' and
> '.hidden.php.swp' on the server (vi temp files) even after deleting them
> from the laptop and running the rsync command again.
> If I create a file called '.foo' and run rsync, it will be created on
> the server, but if I delete .foo and run rsync again, it isn't deleted
> from the server.
> I've searched the web, but this is a hard problem to search for.  I've
> read the documentation, but it says it should work.
> I've read some of the mailing list archive, but I didn't find a way to
> search it.
> I haven't read the source (yet), because I was hoping that there's
> someone who's seen this before.
> I've got Redhat 9.0, rsync-2.5.5-4.i386.rpm, openssh-3.7.1p2, ext3 file
> systems, using tcsh in an rxvt terminal window, and the phase of the
> moon is half-full.

Did you specify --delete, As near as i can tell
--delete-after didn't force --delete until after 2.5.5 was

You might want to upgrade to something a bit more current.

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