Trouble with "--delete" with "--files-from"

Richard Hopkins Richard.Hopkins at
Thu Jul 29 14:09:06 GMT 2004

Hi all,

  I've scoured the web, faq and mailing list archives to try and find an 
answer to this problem I'm having, but to no avail....

I'm trying to rsync a Cyrus IMAP message store "structure" from one system 
to another. (I say "structure" because I don't want to copy over the actual 
messages in the message store.) For those of you unfamiliar with the 
structure of Cyrus message stores, they are basically hierarchical with 
each mailbox being a directory ("sub-mailboxes" being sub-directories etc.) 
and each message being a file. In addition, each mailbox has a number of 
control files.

I can derive the list of files and directories I want to rsync from the 
Cyrus "mailboxes" file and this seems to me to be the most efficient way of 
tackling this.

So, having got my list of files, I then rsync using a command of the form...

rsync -q -u -W -a -e /usr/local/bin/ssh --delete --files-from=tmp
/temp2 /mnt2/sms/mail user at remote:/var/cyrus/backups/spo-ms

This is working well for me, except for the "--delete" bit. (When mailboxes 
are deleted on the source system I obviously want this reflected on the 
target.) Try as I might, I can't seem to get this to work.

Here's an extract from my --files-from file...

/c/user/ccxxx/Bris-Lists/bris-cuc/cyrus.header case that's useful.

Does anyone know where I'm going wrong here?


Richard Hopkins,
Information Services,
Computer Centre,
University of Bristol,
Bristol, BS8 1UD, UK

Tel +44 117 928 7859
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