Two problems: -u together with -c and and a symlink problem

Matt McCutchen matt at
Sun Nov 21 18:12:31 MST 2010

On Mon, 2010-11-15 at 18:33 +0100, Helmut Jarausch wrote:
> I have two problems with rsync
> 1st) if I give both commandline options  -u and -c
>      it looks as if a file which is more recent but different
>      on the destination is not updated, i.e. -u overrules -c
>      Is that true?

Yes, that is the expected behavior.

> 2nd) There is a symlink A on <SourceDir> which refers to a directory
>      On the other hand, A is the name of a subdirectory of <DestDir>
>      Now doing 
>      rsync -auHz --delete --exclude=/A <SourceDir>/  <DestDir>/
>      does remove A on <DestDir> - why ?

It shouldn't.  Pass -vv and you should get a message like this:

[generator] protecting file A because of pattern /A

If you don't, double-check that you wrote the exclude rule correctly.
If you do, something weirder is going on.


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