date-only.diff   [plain text]


Greetings, and thanks for all of your work on the wonderful rsync!

I recently had the need to transfer files only with different mod
dates (and to *not* transfer them based on file size differences).
This is because I'm backing up files remotely on an untrusted machine,
so I'm encrypting them with gpg before transfer.  I discovered that
rsync didn't already have a --date-only flag, so I added one and am
enclosing the diffs in case you (as I hope) decide to include this
option in future releases.

Again, thanks!

Best Regards,
Jeremy Bornstein

[Patched update to have context and apply to latest CVS source.]

--- orig/generator.c	2004-09-20 19:50:13
+++ generator.c	2004-07-03 20:16:51
@@ -41,6 +41,7 @@ extern int make_backups;
 extern int csum_length;
 extern int ignore_times;
 extern int size_only;
+extern int date_only;
 extern int io_timeout;
 extern int protocol_version;
 extern int always_checksum;
@@ -62,6 +63,8 @@ extern struct exclude_list_struct server
 /* choose whether to skip a particular file */
 static int skip_file(char *fname, struct file_struct *file, STRUCT_STAT *st)
 {
+	if (date_only)
+		return cmp_modtime(st->st_mtime, file->modtime) == 0;
 	if (st->st_size != file->length)
 		return 0;
 	if (link_dest) {
--- orig/options.c	2004-09-23 17:42:07
+++ options.c	2004-07-03 20:16:51
@@ -84,6 +84,7 @@ int keep_partial = 0;
 int safe_symlinks = 0;
 int copy_unsafe_links = 0;
 int size_only = 0;
+int date_only = 0;
 int bwlimit = 0;
 size_t bwlimit_writemax = 0;
 int delete_after = 0;
@@ -275,6 +276,7 @@ void usage(enum logcode F)
   rprintf(F,"     --timeout=TIME          set I/O timeout in seconds\n");
   rprintf(F," -I, --ignore-times          turn off mod time & file size quick check\n");
   rprintf(F,"     --size-only             ignore mod time for quick check (use size)\n");
+  rprintf(F,"     --date-only             ignore size for quick check (use mod time)\n");
   rprintf(F,"     --modify-window=NUM     compare mod times with reduced accuracy\n");
   rprintf(F," -T, --temp-dir=DIR          create temporary files in directory DIR\n");
   rprintf(F,"     --compare-dest=DIR      also compare destination files relative to DIR\n");
@@ -330,6 +332,7 @@ static struct poptOption long_options[] 
   {"password-file",    0,  POPT_ARG_STRING, &password_file, 0, 0, 0 },
   {"ignore-times",    'I', POPT_ARG_NONE,   &ignore_times, 0, 0, 0 },
   {"size-only",        0,  POPT_ARG_NONE,   &size_only, 0, 0, 0 },
+  {"date-only",        0,  POPT_ARG_NONE,   &date_only, 0, 0, 0 },
   {"modify-window",    0,  POPT_ARG_INT,    &modify_window, OPT_MODIFY_WINDOW, 0, 0 },
   {"one-file-system", 'x', POPT_ARG_NONE,   &one_file_system, 0, 0, 0 },
   {"delete",           0,  POPT_ARG_NONE,   &delete_mode, 0, 0, 0 },
@@ -1034,6 +1037,9 @@ void server_options(char **args,int *arg
 	if (size_only)
 		args[ac++] = "--size-only";
 
+	if (date_only)
+		args[ac++] = "--date-only";
+
 	if (modify_window_set) {
 		if (asprintf(&arg, "--modify-window=%d", modify_window) < 0)
 			goto oom;
--- orig/rsync.yo	2004-09-24 16:42:30
+++ rsync.yo	2004-07-03 20:16:51
@@ -352,6 +352,7 @@ verb(
      --timeout=TIME          set I/O timeout in seconds
  -I, --ignore-times          turn off mod time & file size quick check
      --size-only             ignore mod time for quick check (use size)
+     --date-only             ignore size for quick check (use mod time)
      --modify-window=NUM     compare mod times with reduced accuracy
  -T  --temp-dir=DIR          create temporary files in directory DIR
      --compare-dest=DIR      also compare received files relative to DIR
@@ -426,6 +427,12 @@ regardless of timestamp. This is useful 
 after using another mirroring system which may not preserve timestamps
 exactly.
 
+dit(bf(--date-only)) Normally rsync will skip any files that are
+already the same size and have the same modification time-stamp. With the
+--date-only option, files will be skipped if they have the same
+timestamp, regardless of size. This may be useful when the remote
+files have passed through a size-changing filter, e.g. for encryption.
+
 dit(bf(--modify-window)) When comparing two timestamps rsync treats
 the timestamps as being equal if they are within the value of
 modify_window. This is normally zero, but you may find it useful to