rsync -- new feature option... (request)

Kevin Korb kmk at
Sun Apr 1 17:01:01 UTC 2018

You can kind of do that with only-write-batch. Then replay the batch file.

On April 1, 2018 16:02:14 Andrew McGlashan via rsync 
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> Hi,
> NB: I am only subscribed because the list doesn't allow non-subscribers
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> low volume list.
> Okay, I've thought about this for a while.
> Let's say you do an rsync as a dry run (deliberately), why not allow a
> state file to be saved (ala, like a cookie file which wget has as an
> option).  Then if the dry run gives the right result, re-run it with the
> state file and ONLY effect the changes as they were presented by the
> prior dry run, perhaps abort if the changes would be different.
> The idea would be to do a dry run, make sure it looks good and /approve/
> that resultant changes for a non dry run, rather than risk new
> differences creeping in since the original dry run.
> Kind Regards
> AndrewM
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