Prefer -u not to change newer files.
matt at mattmccutchen.net
Sun Jan 27 10:58:19 GMT 2008
On Sun, 2008-01-27 at 02:22 +0100, Donald Axel wrote:
> Quoting man page:
> In the currently implementation, a difference of file format is
> always considered to be important enough for an update, no matter
> what date is on the objects. In other words, if the source has a
> directory or a symlink where the destination has a file, the
> transfer would occur regardless of the timestamps. This might
> change in the future (feel free to comment on this on the mailing
> list if you have an opinion).
> Comment: -u should preferably mean "update" only if target is older.
> Actually I found out by experimenting that rsync may overwrite
> anything different at the target.
> Using the -u option as "only if newer" would be analogous with zip,
> unzip and cp and probably many other program.
OK...could you give us a concrete example in which it is helpful to have
the straight "only if newer" behavior instead of the current one?
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