rsync: always modify atime of all destination files
matt at mattmccutchen.net
Mon Mar 10 12:51:19 GMT 2008
On Thu, 2008-03-06 at 11:38 -0500, Justin Pryzby wrote:
> On Fri, Jul 23, 2004 at 05:09:09PM -0300, Pedro Zorzenon Neto wrote:
> > Please apply the following patch to rsync. This patch updates the
> > atime (last access time) of all destination files to NOW when rsync
> > runs.
> > It is desirable to know if a file has been deleted in then source
> > and exists in destination. Checking destination computer for atime,
> > you can know how long this file has been removed from source, and
> > remove it after some months to keep disk space in backups.
I don't think this behavior would be useful to enough people to justify
adding it to the official rsync, even as an option. Also, I think the
atime, however convenient, is a poor way to store file expiration
information because it can easily be modified accidentally by reading a
file and it is not preserved if the backup itself is migrated with
An alternative that is well-supported by rsync is to use --delete with a
different --backup-dir for each run and delete backup dirs as they
become 60 days old.
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