rsync doesn't delete unreferenced directories.

Paul Slootman paul at
Tue Nov 2 12:04:59 GMT 2004

On Mon 01 Nov 2004, Steve Sether wrote:

> I'm using rsync to backup multiple directories, i.e.
> rsync -azq --delete --relative /dog /cat /fish user at rsync-server::modulename
> Everything works fine, except if I remove a directory from the list of 
> those being backed
> up, it isn't deleted on the other side.  For example:
> I realize this behaviour is probbably by design but is there a way to 
> get rsync to
> delete directories no longer being backed up?

Perhaps use --delete-excluded and --exclude the directory?

Paul Slootman

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