[Bug 10621] New: Allow Filter Rule Imports Relative to Importer

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Wed May 21 01:39:36 MDT 2014


           Summary: Allow Filter Rule Imports Relative to Importer
           Product: rsync
           Version: 3.1.0
          Platform: All
        OS/Version: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: enhancement
          Priority: P5
         Component: core
        AssignedTo: wayned at samba.org
        ReportedBy: samba at haravikk.com
         QAContact: rsync-qa at samba.org

Okay, so currently when forming an import rule to add filters to a sync, rsync
only supports either a path local to the source directory, or a system level
absolute path.

For example, say I have filter rules located at:

If I wanted Mac.rules to include the contents of Common.rules I would need to
add a rule like so:
. /Users/haravikk/FilterRules/Common.rules

This is because a local rule won't work, i.e:
. Common.rules

What I would like to propose is a new option for the import rule that tells
rsync to lookup the path relative to whatever is importing it. If this is a
file then it will be the file's parent directory, while if it is a --filter
option for an rsync command, then this will be relative to the current working

This ought to make it easier to work with modular filter rules that are broken
down by various criteria, rather than bundled together into one huge file. In
the above example, I could also add a Windows.rules file, and a Linux.rules
file and so-on, as these would allow me to easily change the rules I use to
account for common files on different OSes.

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