--fuzzy search over to-be-deleted files to catch moved files and directories
henrik-rsync at prak.org
Tue Nov 10 09:55:39 MST 2009
I use rsync via rsnapshot to backup a large collection of files.
Using "--fuzzy" already saves me a lot of time by discovering most
renames that happen within a directory. Therfore I already use the
Now the question is, if fuzzy search could be extended to search for
moved files across directory borders. If for example I move pictures
aound to reorganize them in a different directory hierarchy, or if I
move whole directories around as I reorganize part of my music files.
I know there is --compare-dest but that requires knowledge of the old
As i understand it, the"--delete-after" option already implies that the
receiving side has to keep all to-be-deleted files till the end of the
So, instead of searching all files at the destination for a match, would
it be possible to also search that list of files that otherwise would
be deleted, and use them as potential fuzzy-match files?
If the performance penalty for performing this "file-resurrection" on
lots of files would be too big, there could be an options to only keep
files over a certain size in that list "second chance" list.
Does that sound like a useful feature?
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