Kudos and feature question

Dave Gordon dg32768 at zoho.eu
Sun Mar 24 22:27:56 UTC 2019

I think you would implement it as a new type of filter rule. similar to 'P' (preserve) but with a timestamp or delta-time to define what counts as 'recent' as well as the pattern to match for this rule to apply (which could just be a wildcard matching anything by default, but could also use the full pattern-matching capabilities if required).

Have a look at:

the 'make_backups' logic in parse_arguments(), where it adds a 'Preserve' pattern to match all backup files,

name_is_excluded() and its subfunctions check_filter() and rule_matches() in exclude.c

You'd need to:

define a new filter-type character ('R' for preserve-Recent?)

define the format of the filter rule for this type e.g. how to represent the time

add code to parse this new ruletype in rule_matches()

decide how your new option interacts with existing filter rules (higher or lower precedence, degree of specificity, etc)

add code to insert one or more rules of the new type into the filter list in appropriate positions


bump the protocol revision number, because an old rsync wouldn't understand the new ruletype

decide what to do in the case where one side is using the older protocol (e.g. treat it as traditional --delete, or don't delete at all?).

So not trivial, but not impossibly difficult, and at least the changes would be fairly localised. 

Hope this helps,


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---- On Fri, 22 Mar 2019 06:02:33 +0000 Francois Payette via rsync <rsync at lists.samba.org> wrote ----

Kudos all that maintain this awesome and enduring piece of software. Awesome job, many thanks. 

I’ve come across a use case that would greatly benefit form a —delete-older-than <secs> argument. This would behave the same as —delete only sparing files dest that have a creating time less than <secs> ago. How hard would this be to implement? Where would I start ? 




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