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When syncing my remote backup I get the error rsync cannot delete non-empty directory.

I know the cause: I have excluded some files and when rsync tries to delete a remote directory because it doesn't exists locally, it can't since it is not empty. Without the exclusion the directory would be emptied.

I also know I could get rid of the problem by using --delete-excluded, but that is not want I want.

I would like to skip uploading certain files (because they are too big for my upload speed), but I want to keep those I have already uploaded some time ago if they exist locally. If they do not exist locally, they should be deleted. --delete-excluded would delete them all on the remote side.

That also means that if a directory doesn't exists anymore locally, it should be deleted even if it contains excluded files.

Is it possible to setup rsync to accomplish this?

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just use the '--max-size=xx' and '--delete' options of rsync. It will do everything automatically and meet all your requirements.

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It would at most be a workaround. I want to skip mov, avi and cr2 files completely because they generally are very large. But those I have already uploaded on a faster line some time ago should be kept. Now the problem is that the largest JPG files are bigger than the smallest CR2 files, so this solution is not ideal. I would rather use the exclude feature to filter on filenames. –  marlar Jan 30 '13 at 11:01

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