Question on --backup --backup-dir Switches For Incremental Ba cks

Lancashire, Pete plancashire at
Mon Jan 29 17:25:49 GMT 2007

take a look at rsnapshot

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Blake Carver [mailto:lists at]
> Sent: Monday, January 29, 2007 7:35 AM
> To: rsync at
> Subject: Question on --backup --backup-dir Switches For Incremental
> Backs
> I current do some rsync backups with a command like so every day
> rsync -az -e ssh --stats --delete --exclude "stuff" / 
> user at server:/home/user/
> What I want to do is have some incremental backups in there in
> subdirectories. So, for example, something like this on the remote
> server
> /home/user/something.tuesday
> /home/user/something.friday
> I thought the --backup --backup-dir Switches were used to store just
> the files that had changed in seperate directories, am I wrong on
> that?
> I've read everything I could find, including the big rsnapshot
> scripts, but I'm not able to do what I want, it seems so simple but
> something's not right, am I wrong that subdirs should have just files
> that are new or have changed. I tried various things like this, but
> had no luck
> rsync -az -e ssh --stats --delete --backup --backup-dir=/home.Thursday
> --exclude "stuff" / user at server:/home/user/
> Thanks!
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