modification times questions

McDowell, Blake McDowellH at
Fri Apr 7 19:07:01 UTC 2017

Thank you!

I run --times when I use rsync (I actually use the -a flag) but the times do not transfer over and if I run rsync dryrun with -i I can see that it wants to transfer the files because of times. When I run rsync a second time with your suggestion the times do transfer over. I don't know why...

From: rsync [rsync-bounces at] on behalf of Kevin Korb via rsync [rsync at]
Sent: Friday, April 07, 2017 2:58 PM
To: rsync at
Subject: Re: modification times questions

If you are sure the content is correct you can run rsync with both
--times and --size-only.

This will cause rsync to "fix" the timestamps on files that are the same
size on both ends.

On 04/07/2017 02:53 PM, McDowell, Blake via rsync wrote:
> How do I transfer just the modification times with rsync? I now the file
> content is the same but the modification times are different. Is there a
> way to do this? Every way that I have tried causes the whole file to
> transfer as well.
> Thanks

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