deletion those files from destination directory, that no longer exist in source directory.

Wayne Davison wayned at
Tue Apr 25 16:20:50 GMT 2006

On Tue, Apr 25, 2006 at 04:20:48PM +0200, Pawel wrote:
> prompt# rsync --delete /tmp/dir1/* /tmp/dir2/

This is mentioned specifically in the man page:

  This tells rsync to delete extraneous files from the receiving side
  (ones that aren't on the sending side), but only for the directories
  that are being synchronized.  You must have asked rsync to send the
  whole directory (e.g. "dir" or "dir/") without using a wildcard for
  the directory's contents (e.g. "dir/*") since the wildcard is expanded
  by the shell and rsync thus gets a request to transfer individual
  files, not the files' parent directory.  Files that are excluded from
  transfer are also excluded from being deleted unless you use the
  --delete-excluded option or mark the rules as only matching on the
  sending side (see the include/exclude modifiers in the FILTER RULES


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