How to exclude directories from getting their metadata updated?
(Macintosh HFS+ with rsync 3.0.5)
p.org at gmx.at
Mon Mar 9 00:00:17 GMT 2009
I respect your time and resources, I hope to not bother people on this
To my defense: This question is far easier towards humans than to
mailinglist and web search-engines as the search terms in relation to
each other are highly in-causal or paradoxical, and hence lead to poor
results. Of course the manpage was the first place where I looked
(without success). May other people find the solution to their problem
in this my post and its replies! Please CC me in your answers, as I am
not a regular mailinglist subscriber. Thanks!
I am doing a recursive sync on a Macintosh, hence HFS+ filesystem,
with rsync 3.0.5 installed through MacPorts. I am amazed of rsync's
metadata capability! Let me tell you everything works amazingly
perfect! When I change i.e. the Finder color labels, and sync that
file, rsync successfully only transfers the delta, hence the metadata
only! Very effective!
Now, for my particular purpose, I want all this behaviour, except that
directories are not updated with metadata (particularly the date time
stamps). I tried using --exclude="*/" but this results in that the
directories AND their entire recursive content are excluded, hence not
useful for my intention!
MY PARTICLUAR APPLICATION OF RSYNC
I work in media design.
I have a big external hard disk, where I keep my entire content (video
I have a smaller laptop hard disk, to where I copy the content, which
I currently need, from my external disk and occasionally fresh content
from other sources (digital video camera, colleagues, friends,
I keep the same root directory structure on both disks strictly, just
the files and subdirectories differ.
Hence my sync from source (laptop) to target (external disk) is
complementary (incremental) and not in clone mode, which would also
involve --delete on the target, to make it identical to source. I want
to avoid this, as the source (laptop) is only a selection of the total
content on external disk (target) plus occasionally fresh content.
By this method, the big disk, always contains everything, and the
laptop disk only the currently needed and the fresh content.
I USED THIS CODE
--verbose --verbose \
WHICH RESULTS IN THIS (shortened exemplary list)
[sender] hiding various files matching my filters
.d..t......n Effects/ ## Due to various manual additions/deletions the
folders' time stamps are different
.f........x. Effects/Pixels up down.mov ## Changed the file's Finder
>f++++++++++ Nature/Sunset in Kampala.mov ## Added new file to laptop
from a colleague.
WHAT I WOULD LIKE
Is that the directories' metadata is not updated. Except of course
freshly created directories from source shall be created identical on
target, and hence also their metadata. Everything else in this example
Friendly greetings to you rSyncers,
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