rsync and timestamps of local files

Andrew J. Schorr aschorr at
Tue Mar 11 03:14:36 EST 2003

On Sat, Mar 08, 2003 at 01:13:17PM -0500, Haisam K. Ido wrote:
> Is there a way to make rsync check the local file system for changes in the files 
> prior to it performing a diff with the remote site?

There is no built-in capability to do this in rsync.   However, you can
implement this yourself.  For example, if you touch a timestamp file
before invoking rsync, then you can use find -newer timestamp to
find files that have changed since the last time you ran rsync.

Then, you can use the --files-from patch to feed the specific list
of files to transfer into rsync.  That patch is available here:

Please search the archives for "files-from" to get more info
on what this patch does.


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