#StackBounty: #rsync rsync –delete is not working

Bounty: 200

OS is Debian 10, rsync version 3.1.3. I’m running rsync like this:

time rsync -ar --delete --info=progress2 --files-from=filelist.txt . /path/to/dest

This works to copy the files over, but doesn’t delete anything that’s been removed! That is a huge problem. The only workaround I have found is to simply nuke the entire destination and just copy everything over again, but this takes a huge amount of time and basically negates the point of using rsync in the first place.

Is this a bug? How do I get rsync to work properly, honoring the –delete flag like it’s supposed to?

Edit:

For example:

  • If filelist.txt cotains "foo" then /path/to/dest will contain "foo".
  • If filelist.txt cotains "foo" and "bar" then /path/to/dest will contain "foo" and "bar".
  • If filelist.txt cotains "foo", "bar", and "bat" then /path/to/dest will contain "foo", "bar", and "bat".
  • etc

Assume "foo" "bar" "bat" etc are directories.


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