Proposal: cache directory tagging convention
Anthony.Iano-Fletcher at nih.gov
Tue Jul 20 14:31:47 GMT 2004
Hello Bryan et al,
A while back John Bowman released a more general solution to
this problem. He added an extra option:
that caused rsync to take notice of a per-directory excludes file.
Your problem is solved by this patch. Run rsync with
--rsync-exclude=.backup and place a .backup file in the cache directory
excluding the cache file. This is exactly what I do.
Was this patch ever rolled into the main line distribution?
On 20 Jul 2004 at 15:15:28, Bryan Ford wrote:
> Hi rsync'ers,
> I'm soliciting feedback, discussion, and hopefully eventually support for a
> (currently very short and simple) proposal that would make it easier and more
> automatic for users to exclude from backups and other data transfers all the
> cache directories that various applications create and manage, such as
> Mozilla's web cache. The idea is simple: if applications that create and
> manage cache directories establish the convention of writing a certain
> standardized and easily recognized "tag" file within their cache directories,
> then data management utilities such as rsync can easily recognize such
> directories and, if so configured by the user, automatically exclude them
> from transfers. (For example, via a new pair of rsync options,
> "--exclude-caches" and "--include-caches".) My preliminary write-up of the
> proposal is here:
> I'd greatly appreciate your feedback and ideas. I don't currently know of an
> appropriate place for open, "multicast" discussion of such a proposal, but
> let me know if you do - or I can set one up if there's interest.
> Thanks very much for your time!
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