Question on --backup --backup-dir Switches For Incremental Backs

Matt McCutchen hashproduct+rsync at
Mon Jan 29 21:56:16 GMT 2007

On 1/29/07, Wayne Davison <wayned at> wrote:
> If you
> want to store the new, changed files, use one or more --compare-dest
> options (one pointing at an old full backup, and an extra option for any
> intervening incrementals).

This approach won't work because rsync will skip a file if it is in
the same state now as in any of the backups, not just the most recent
one.  Thus, if I change a file and change it back, the fact that I
changed it back would not be recorded.


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