rsync --delete isn't deleting files

Tiago Marques tiagomnm at
Sun Aug 10 22:26:06 GMT 2008

I see, you're right :)
Is there anything useful that can be donated to the rsync developers?
Keep up the great work.
Best regards,
                          Tiago Marques

On Sun, Aug 10, 2008 at 11:16 PM, Matt McCutchen <matt at> wrote:
> On Sun, 2008-08-10 at 23:04 +0100, Tiago Marques wrote:
>> It worked, --delete-excluded was all that was missing.
>> I really think this should be the implied behavior and would like to
>> see it as default, if there really isn't a good reason for it being
>> this way.
> The current behavior is useful if files matching a given pattern simply
> should not be processed at all.  E.g., one could use --exclude='*.o' to
> copy source files from one build tree to another without affecting any
> object files so that the destination can then do its own incremental
> rebuilding.  I imagine that before the full --filter support was added
> in rsync 2.6.4, --exclude without --delete-excluded was the only way to
> protect destination files from deletion.
> Matt

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