Delete But Don't Copy

Wayne Davison wayned at
Thu Sep 29 17:49:14 GMT 2005

On Thu, Sep 29, 2005 at 09:29:28AM -0400, Ryan Kather wrote:
> Is it possible to use RSYNC to only delete files that exist at the
> destination, but not the source.  I would like RSYNC to remove files
> that exist at the destination but do not exist at the source WITHOUT
> copying or creating any additional files.  

You can use these seemingly conflicting options:

    --existing --ignore-existing
This tells rsync to not update any files at all, allowing deletions to
happen normally.  (The first option would be more appropriately named
--ignore-non-existing, thus ignoring both existing and non-existing


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