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Okay, I've thought about this for a while.

Let's say you do an rsync as a dry run (deliberately), why not allow a
state file to be saved (ala, like a cookie file which wget has as an
option).  Then if the dry run gives the right result, re-run it with the
state file and ONLY effect the changes as they were presented by the
prior dry run, perhaps abort if the changes would be different.

The idea would be to do a dry run, make sure it looks good and /approve/
that resultant changes for a non dry run, rather than risk new
differences creeping in since the original dry run.

Kind Regards

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