delete files

Brian K. White brian at
Mon Nov 14 21:15:20 MST 2011

On 11/14/2011 2:29 AM, Voelker, Bernhard wrote:
> rsync -avx --delete --include=/file --exclude='*' . host2:deltest/.

This didn't work for me, although one difference is my script specifies 
a path instead of "." Does this only work with literally "." in the 
places above?

My script parses the given command line into a path/file 
(dirname/basename) pair and drops the path part in the same places you 
have "." above.

Basically, to push a file out to all hosts, the user says:
pushfile /path/to/some/thing [host(s)...]

(* optional target host(s), defaults to all hosts listed in a config 
file if not specified)

That normally results in:
rsync $OPTS ${P}/$F ${h}::root$P

For the new delete mode it detects if the supplied argument doesn't 
exist locally and does this instead:
OPTS="-acv --delete"
rsync $OPTS --include=/$F --exclude='*' $P ${h}::root$P

Which to me looks the same as what you did except that I'm using an 
explicit full path with leading "/" in $P instead of "."

But when it runs the remote file is not deleted.

After creating /tmp/floof/{1,2,3} locally and pushing that all out to a 
remote box, then deleting /tmp/floof/2 locally, then trying to push out 
the non-existing /tmp/floof/2 to the same remote host, I just get:

sending incremental file list
rsync: link_stat "/tmp/floof/2" failed: No such file or directory (2)

sent 12 bytes  received 12 bytes  48.00 bytes/sec
total size is 0  speedup is 0.00
rsync error: some files/attrs were not transferred (see previous errors) 
(code 23) at main.c(1042) [sender=3.0.7]


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