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Re: [rdiff-backup-users] What happens if you add a --exclude to an exist

From: covici
Subject: Re: [rdiff-backup-users] What happens if you add a --exclude to an existing rdiff-backup?
Date: Fri, 07 Jan 2011 14:38:45 -0500

When the files are deleted, they are copied to the increments folder and
kept till they are removed by --remove-older-than.

Chris G <address@hidden> wrote:

> If you delete files/directories from the 'source' of an rdiff-backup
> will they get removed from the destination with an appropriate
> "--remove-older-than" run?
> For example if rdiff-backup has been backing up a hierarchy with a
> directory called 'tmp' for a while and then the 'tmp' directory is
> removed can one get rdiff-backup to remove the 'tmp' backups 7 days
> later by "--remove-older-than 7D".
> From the man page it sounds as if deleted files *will* be removed:-
>               Note that snapshots of deleted files are covered by this  opera-
>               tion.  Thus if you deleted a file two weeks ago, backed up imme-
>               diately afterwards, and then  ran  rdiff-backup  with  --remove-
>               older-than  10D  today,  no  trace  of  that  file would remain.
>               Finally, file selection options such as --include and  --exclude
>               don't affect --remove-older-than.
> But this bit from the examples section of the documentation worries me
> slightly:- 
>     Note that an existing file which hasn't changed for a year will still be
>     preserved. But a file which was deleted 15 days ago cannot be restored
>     after this command is run.
> -- 
> Chris Green
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