Include/Exclude Pattern for rsync ONLY the latest file of the src dir

Matt McCutchen matt at
Tue Oct 28 14:45:12 GMT 2008

On Tue, 2008-10-28 at 14:58 +0100, Stefan Mosleitner wrote:
> Is it possible to selcect a particular source directory and filter/select
> ONLY the latest file in this directory for rsync?

Selection of the latest file is not built into rsync, but it can be
scripted easily:

rsync OPTION... SRC/"$(ls -t1 SRC | head -n 1)" DEST/

Or you can do something like --include="$(ls -t1 SRC | head -n 1)"
--exclude='*' if you prefer.


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