rsync with delete option creates and deletes dot files

Chandana De Silva chandana at
Mon May 1 04:36:52 UTC 2017

I have an rsync based backup process which uses rsyncd on the source,
to backup to a directory on the client.

I have rsync version 3.1.2 on the client and 2.6.8 on the source host

The rysnc command I use is;

/usr/bin/rsync -aHzS --partial --numeric-ids --delete --timeout=3600 \
                     --contimeout=180 \
                     --exclude-from=/path/to/excludelist  \
                     --log-file=/path/to/logfile \
       <sourcehostname>::host_backup /path/to/dest_dir

The rsync log on the client shows the following;

2017/05/01 04:19:41 [90534] receiving file list
2017/05/01 04:20:03 [90534] *deleting   bin/.zcat.19441
2017/05/01 04:20:03 [90534] *deleting   bin/.gzip.19441

Is this normal, or is there some configuration I am missing ?


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