delete not working with multiple source directories

Kevin Korb kmk at
Sat Aug 16 19:27:55 MDT 2014

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Does --relative fix it?  You almost always want --relative with
multiple sources.

On 08/16/2014 09:10 PM, Robert DuToit wrote:
> Hello All,
> I have lately heard from a  couple of people that delete option was
> not deleting extraneous files on destination. This only happens
> when there are several source directories and at destination some
> show delete working and others not. I can not reproduce the issue
> so it is hard to pinpoint.
> one example:
> This is on OSX Mavericks running rsync 3.0.9 with the usual osx
> patches and options
> rsync -aHAXN --fileflags --force-change --protect-decmpfs
> --exclude-from=/tmp/BLexclusions.txt --stats —delete —progress -vvv
> /Applications /Library /Users /Volumes/Backup
> So  with /Applications /Library /Users  being source, only
> /Applications shows files being deleted. Removing /Applications and
> the two other directories work with delete fine. Even changing the
> order has same result. The exclude file shows only one directory in
> /Applications.
> I asked user to try different (new) external drive - same results.
> I’m stumped as there are no rsync errors. Rsync progress shows
> everything fine and mentions files deleted in /Applications and
> nowhere else.
> I am not very good with rsync source but perhaps there are areas I
> could look where --delete might be disabled for whatever reasons?
> There are usually ACL's on both /Applications and /Library in OSX
> 0: group:everyone deny delete
> but this is overridden by rsync as root any ways…  usual regular
> permissions on all directories as well.
> Any thoughts appreciated
> Thanks,  Rob

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