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Re: what will happen to the --reply option?

From: alessandro salvatori
Subject: Re: what will happen to the --reply option?
Date: Sat, 25 Aug 2007 22:57:55 -0700

My case is the exact opposite of what you are talking about.
Irrespectively of the original files, i want to keep the existing files at
the destination, even if older.

and cp --reply=no, without any other fancy thing that would have avoided a
prompt, was the sweetest thing to do. it was... :(


On 8/25/07, Bob Proulx <address@hidden> wrote:
> Eric Blake wrote:
> > Why not use "rsync --ignore-existing" instead?
> Agreed that rsync is definitely the right tool for this task.
> Most of the time when people are trying to avoid overwriting existing
> files it is because they are trying to avoid spending the computer
> time to do the copy again and not trying to avoid changing the file
> again.  A large directory of large files, say a photo gallery, can
> take a long time to complete a full copy for example.  In which case I
> would not use the rsync --ignore-existing option even though it does
> exactly answer the question.  That would not sync the file if the file
> were different.  Instead I would simply let rsync determine that the
> file has been copied correctly previously and skip copying it a second
> time.  This is the sweet spot for rsync.
> To have rsync do this optimization the timestamp must be copied.  That
> means that -t option must be present otherwise rsync acts similarly to
> cp and the file will have a current timestamp.  I prefer -a because it
> does the right thing and is equivalent to the -rlptgoD options.
>   rsync -a source/ destination/
> I prefer to use source to destdir/
>   rsync -a /path/to/src/somedir /path/to/dst/
> That would result in /path/to/dst/somedir when the rsync is finished.
> Bob

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