[linux-elitists] rsync hacks (fwd from kragen@pobox.com)

Tilghman Lesher zgp-org@the-tilghman.com
Fri Jul 16 10:58:33 PDT 2004

On Friday 16 July 2004 12:39, Sam Phillips wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 15, 2004, at 09:54 +0200, Eugen Leitl wrote:
> > Figured this could be useful for somebody here.
> >
> > On Wed, 14 Jul 2004 at 11:37:06, Kragen Sitaker wrote:
> > > rsync is a remarkably versatile program.  Here are some of the recent
> > > uses I have for it.
> Now does anyone know a way for rsync to not alter the atime on files
> that I'm backing up?

Yeah, mount your filesystem -o noatime.  Seriously, though, you can't
normally.  Atime (or last access time) is a function of the filesystem, and
as you need to access the file in order to back it up, atime _must_ be
changed, or else atime isn't reliable (and if it's not reliable, why have it
at all?).


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