Is there a parameter in rsync to clean $BACKUPDIR before writing to it (--backup-dir=$BACKUPDIR)?

Kevin Korb kmk at
Thu Feb 4 01:39:38 UTC 2016

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Obviously you can ssh an rm -rf.  Alternatively, if you are in a
restricted environment where you are only allowed to use rsync you can
rsync --delete an empty directory to it.

On 02/03/2016 08:33 PM, jupiter wrote:
> Hi,
> I am runing rsync --backup --backup-dir=$BACKUPDIR where the 
> BACKUPDIR=$(date +%d) to recycle the $BACKUPDIR in a month. But
> rsync does not clean the  $BACKUPDIR before writing to it in
> cycling.
> I guess you have to clean it manually before the rsync can write to
> it. As my $BACKUPDIR is in remote machine, do you have to run ssh
> to delete it first before calling rsync in a script? Or if there is
> better parameter in rsync to automatically delete the old
> $BACKUPDIR, and create a new one?
> Thank you.
> - j

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