Bug ID: 11423
           Summary: rsync 3.1.x is creating empty backup directories
           Product: rsync
           Version: 3.1.1
          Hardware: All
                OS: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: major
          Priority: P5
         Component: core
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Running the command

$ rsync -a --delete --backup --backup-dir=../old source/ dest/

with version 3.1.0 gives the output

Created backup_dir ../old/

even when no files are copied to the backup directory. I usually add the
current time to the backup directory name, which means I end up with many empty
directories. With version 3.0.9 of rsync, a backup directory was only created
if needed.

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