rsync with --copy-devices patch and device-target with --write-batch doesnt work

Matt McCutchen matt at
Sat Jan 31 06:11:18 GMT 2009

On Fri, 2009-01-30 at 17:06 +0100, freisei wrote:
> Matt McCutchen schrieb:
> > On Fri, 2009-01-30 at 13:12 +0100, freisei wrote:
> > >Is it possible to tell rsync to treat a device-target lika a file?
> >
> > Not currently.  That's a separate feature from --copy-devices; it would
> > be called --keep-devices, in analogy to --copy-dirlinks and
> > --keep-dirlinks.
> >
> >   
> Oh, OK.
> i?ve done a look into the source, but my poor c abilities don?t allow to 
> do it myself. I think that there is anyone other to do it, i?ve found 
> another --keep-devices-post from 2006.

For the benefit of people reading the archives, that post is:

> But, there would be another solution for me.
> If i could create batch-files in "revert-mode" i can change source and 
> destination.

Rsync's design is thoroughly one-way.  Making a "reverse" mode work
would be many times more difficult than just implementing

> is there a wish-list for rsync to see how many users want to have which 
> feature?

Feature requests are welcome in the bug database
( ), and we can get an idea of the amount of
interest from "me-too" comments and CCs.


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