Rsync like Time Machine

Clint Olsen clint.olsen at
Fri Jul 27 14:06:58 MDT 2012

Ok, that is helpful. As you can guess based on my question, it would be
nice if all the automation can be done on the client side rather than
having some specialized scripting on the receiving side to manage
directories and symlinks etc.



On Fri, Jul 27, 2012 at 12:55 PM, Greg Deback (rsync) <
greg.deb+rsync at> wrote:

> Hi,
> As for the destination directory and the backup directory (--backup-dir),
> rsync will create the missing subdirectory (one level below the existing
> dir only), so yes for /<somedir-exists>/<newdir-with-date>, no
> for /<somedir-exists>/<newdir-with-year>/<newdir-with-month> on january
> 1st... But if you want this dir to be a symlink, you can't.
> Greg
> On Fri, Jul 27, 2012 at 7:16 PM, Clint Olsen <clint.olsen at>wrote:
>> I've been very interested in these discussions and uses of rsync as a
>> "clone" of Time Machine. A couple of things have been keeping me from a
>> fully automated solution. I'd like to eliminate the need for Samba/NFS
>> mounts of any kind, because they have proven to be unreliable for me and
>> under some operating environments (Cygwin) it breaks --link-dest. In most
>> of the articles I've read, a target "date" directory is created with some
>> sort of "latest" symlink for the --link-dest parameter. I can accomplish
>> those tasks via remote ssh commands, but I was hoping there was a better
>> way. For example, is there any circumstance where you can coax rsync into
>> creating a target directory that's not there already?
>> % rsync <source> user at nas::module/<somedir-exists>/<newdir-with-date>
>> So, newdir-with-date doesn't exist (yet). I would like to have rsync
>> create it for me. Is that even possible?
>> Thanks,
>> -Clint
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