Thank you. But I'm afraid I don't understand. The man entry reads:

This option will cause the source files to be listed instead of transferred. This option is inferred if there is a single source arg and no destination specified..."

It doesn't say anything about "list remote files". In fact I am not sure why it would even contact the remote end. And the behavior does not change even if no destination is specified.

As far as it ignoring the rest of the command line, note that it does obey exclusion rules. Symlinks seem to be the only anomaly in its output.

I use --dry-run and --itemize-changes frequently. But I was trying to find something that would give me a correct list of the candidate source files but without having to make an expensive connect to the remote server. Any suggestions?

Michael Hipp

On 2018-09-12 11:17, Kevin Korb via rsync wrote:
--list-only is simply a way to list remote files when you only have
access via rsync.  It ignores the rest of the command line.  You want
--dry-run (--itemize-changes would be a good idea too).

On 09/12/2018 11:06 AM, Michael Hipp via rsync wrote:
The output of --list-only isn't as I expected as regards symlinks. Here
are my test files:

$ ls ./src
-rw-------  1 michael michael    0 2018-09-05 09:18:15 file
lrwxrwxrwx  1 michael michael    4 2018-09-05 09:18:28 near_symlink -> file
lrwxrwxrwx  1 michael michael   23 2018-09-05 09:19:05 far_symlink ->

The "destination" dir is empty:

$ ls ./dest
drwxr-xr-x 31 michael michael 4.0K 2018-09-12 09:46:06 ..
drwx------  2 michael michael 4.0K 2018-09-12 09:50:20 .

I want to know which files are candidates to transfer. I don't want
symlinks to transfer. So I run it with --list-only :

$ rsync -r --no-links --list-only ./src/ ./dest
drwx------          4,096 2018/09/06 09:39:16 .
lrwxrwxrwx             23 2018/09/05 09:19:05 far_symlink
-rw-------              0 2018/09/05 09:18:15 file
lrwxrwxrwx              4 2018/09/05 09:18:28 near_symlink

This seems to indicate the symlinks are expected to transfer. But if I
actually run the transfer by removing --list-only ...

$ rsync -r --no-links ./src/ ./dest
skipping non-regular file "far_symlink"
skipping non-regular file "near_symlink"

It does not transfer the symlinks and this is confirmed by the contents
of dest:

$ ls ./dest
drwxr-xr-x 31 michael michael 4.0K 2018-09-12 09:46:06 ..
-rw-------  1 michael michael    0 2018-09-12 09:57:50 file
drwx------  2 michael michael 4.0K 2018-09-12 09:57:50 .

So it seems like --list-only isn't being truthful as it surely knows
beforehand the symlinks will not be transferred regardless of the
condition of dest.

What am I missing?

Michael Hipp

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