DO NOT REPLY [Bug 6752] --force option doesn't work as expected/documented

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Tue Sep 22 20:50:25 MDT 2009

matt at changed:

           What    |Removed                     |Added
             Status|NEW                         |ASSIGNED

------- Comment #1 from matt at  2009-09-22 21:50 CST -------
The current behavior is correct according to the long description in the man

This option tells rsync to delete a non-empty directory when it is to be
replaced by a non-directory.

The short documentation, "force deletion of dirs even if not empty", is
misleading.  I suggest changing it to "OK to replace non-empty dirs with
non-dirs" (just under the length limit).

ciolfi, if you don't want protected destination files to pin their ancestor
directories, you need to use the "P" filter modifier.

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