When in doubt, --dry-run --itemize-changes. In fact, don't even bother with -v and not --itemize-changes.
Also, see --update. On 02/22/2018 06:42 AM, Morgan Read via rsync wrote: > Hello list, > > See verbose background below > > I've just backed up my oldmachine that I have been using recently to an > external drive with: > sudo rsync -avuAESX /home /run/media/mylogin/Backup/home > > I have a newmachine that I want to back up to the same destination and > merge to that backup because I'm about to send it away for repair - > which is why I've been using the oldmachine. > > I'm concerned that I've replaced some of the files in the oldmachine > with symlinks, that I've updated some of the files on the oldmachine so > that they are now newer than the files on the newmachine and perhaps > deleted some files from the oldmachine. > > What command should I use to ensure that the backup is updated from the > newmachine with files for symlinks in the backup, newer files in the > backup are preserved over older files from the newmachine, files that > don't exist in the backup are added from the newmachine? > > Will the same command do that: > sudo rsync -avuAESX /home /run/media/mylogin/Backup/home > ? > I'm mainly unsure about what will happen to symlinks in the backup. > > Thanks > Morgan. > >  I have got my self in to the situation where I effectively have two > backups that I need to merge to one - I have an oldmachine and a > newmachine, I needed to back up the newmachine to the oldmachine and > start using the oldmachine while the newmachine is repaired, so I > rsync'd the newmachine to the oldmachine and started using the > oldmachine for new work... Now I'm concerned that I've lost some files > from the oldmachine while the new machine has been lying idle... > -- ~*-,._.,-*~'`^`'~*-,._.,-*~'`^`'~*-,._.,-*~'`^`'~*-,._.,-*~'`^`'~*-,._., Kevin Korb Phone: (407) 252-6853 Systems Administrator Internet: FutureQuest, Inc. ke...@futurequest.net (work) Orlando, Florida k...@sanitarium.net (personal) Web page: http://www.sanitarium.net/ PGP public key available on web site. ~*-,._.,-*~'`^`'~*-,._.,-*~'`^`'~*-,._.,-*~'`^`'~*-,._.,-*~'`^`'~*-,._.,
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