Yet another rsync incremental thread

Mac User FR macuserfr at
Sat Jul 19 21:26:14 GMT 2008

Le 19 juil. 08 à 20:13, Matt McCutchen a écrit :

> On Sat, 2008-07-19 at 15:45 +0200, Mac User FR wrote:
>> In another hand, don't you think we could add the content of this
>> script (revised, of course) to make rsync a complete incremental
>> backup solution without needing 3rd part software? Isn't a good idea?
> Why?  The goal of rsync is to copy files, not to be a complete
> incremental backup solution by itself, even though several of its
> options are motivated by this use case.  I think the current state of
> affairs with a wide variety of available rsync-based backup solutions
> (rsnapshot, dirvish, ccollect, various homegrown scripts including
> yours, ...) is just fine.  Different users prefer different solutions,
> so I don't think arbitrarily choosing one to include in rsync would be
> appropriate.
> Matt

OK, I though you though this way. I'm not wanting to impose my script  
particularly, just thinking about people with less computer skills  
than ours. Making things easier for them. This is not my case, I'm not  
afraid about coding some stuff like I did for Panther being able to  
save resource forks or now putting hands to work to get an incremental  
backup. But I'm sure some people would enjoy a free, open source  
solution to make those incremental backups out of the box.

I understand that this isn't the goal of rsync. I'm only pointing this  
because the adaptation would only take few code lines and I think  
rsync worth this, as an option --incremental or something like that  
that people are not obligated to use by default. If you still think  
rsync don't need it, the solution would be giving another name for the  
moded rsync. Unfortunately I can't help going this way. I could have  
some time to code this feature inside rsync, but maintaining a  
parallel program takes too much resources for me.

Best regards,


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