I use the following rsync command to backup my files:

rsync -avHc Pictures /backup/

Isn't -v supposed to only display files and directories that were transferred? If I change a file and run the above command twice (without changing the Pictures directory), shouldn't only the first pass output the changed file/directory?

  • Can you extend the question with filesystem information of the partitions of the Pictures and /backup/ directory (only one if they are both on the same partition, but please indicate so). I suspect the problem maybe caused by the /backup/ being on a VFAT formatted partition. – Anthon Nov 18 '14 at 15:07
  • Source is ext4 (my System SSD) and destination is NTFS (my external Backup HDD) – Some Dork Nov 18 '14 at 17:54

Yes the -v option should only list the transferred files/directories. Are there any applications running that might change the Pictures folder?

Maybe you can try this:

mkdir /backup/Pictures
rsync -avHc Pictures/ /backup/Pictures

Did it make any difference? Maybe try after the first run diff /backup Pictures, what's the output there?

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    Hi and thanks, I kept experimenting a bit. I found out about the --delete option which solved the problem of automatically purged old logs and so on. – Some Dork Nov 18 '14 at 17:17

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