Rsync deletion issue on failure

Adam Gordon adam.n.gordon at
Wed Nov 25 23:11:57 MST 2009

Wow, it is in there.  Sorry.  I kept looking for "delete."  It never
occurred to look for the word "partial."  Thanks a bunch.


On Wed, Nov 25, 2009 at 23:06, Matt McCutchen <matt at>wrote:

> On Wed, 2009-11-25 at 23:03 -0700, Adam Gordon wrote:
> > I didn't see this in the man page or after a cursory Google search.
> >
> > I'm rsync-ing a file from computer A to computer B and the file does
> > not exist yet on computer B.  My problem is that on a shoddy Internet
> > connection, if rsync fails due to a connection error, the dot file it
> > creates on computer B is deleted and I have to start the rsync all
> > over from the beginning.
> >
> > Is there a way to tell rsync to NOT delete this dot file and pick up
> > where it left off after failing?  I was in the middle of a 2-hour/2GB
> > xfer and the connection died w/ 10MB left.
> You want --partial or --partial-dir.
> --
> Matt
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