I am using rsync-3.2.3 on Fedora 33 (GNOME).
But how can I keep the access time (
atime) for my files and folders?
I can only keep the modified time (
mtime) with this command:
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You can ask to preserve
atime (access time) on the source with the
--noatime flag, but on filesystems mounted with
relatime (the modern default) or
noatime this already isn't strictly necessary
rsync -av --noatime src/ dstHost:dst/
I know of no option to preserve
atime on the destination as a copy of the source natively within
rsync. If you have access to the target system you might be able to iterate across the copied tree. Something like this could work on a GNU/Linux type system
( cd src/ && find -type f -print0 ) | ssh dstHost 'cd dst && while IFS= read -r -d "" f; do touch -a -d "@$(stat -c %Y "$f")" "$f"; done'
Or if you are processing a copy between two local filesystems
( cd src/ && find -type f -print0 ) | ( cd dst && while IFS= read -r -d "" f; do touch -a -d "@$(stat -c %Y "$f")" "$f"; done )
Basically these two snippets do the same thing: for each file in the source, find the corresponding file in the destination and update its
atime to match its