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Diffing directories with rsync

Subject: Diffing directories with rsync
From: Caj Zell
Date: Sat, 24 Mar 2007 18:54:12 +0100
Hello,

I often want to use file managers to diff/sync directories by different 
criteria, and I thought I'd make a personal rsync-based solution for mc that 
works to the extent that I can end up with my unique files in hierarchical 
order on the source side (e.g. subdir1/subdir2/file) by externally 
panelizing. The trouble is that if I want to copy that file to the target 
directory, it will not retain its path subdir1/subdir2/, but end up in the 
target root. My question is if there is any possibility of keeping that 
structure, i.e. in the above example that the directory path subdir1/subdir2/ 
would be 
created on the target and "file" would be placed in that location.

Details of approach:

1. In my .mc/menu:

= d D
D       Prepare diff two directories
            echo  %d %D  > .mc.dirs&     

2. In my .mc/ini

Find unique left (checksum based)=perl ~/my_own_diff.pl

where my_own_diff.pl contain


my $mc_dirs;
open($mc_dirs,"./.mc.dirs");
@dirs = split / /, (<$mc_dirs>);
#$rsync_result = `rsync  -n --out-format=\'\%n\%L\' -rtPO . ../rsynctest2/`;
$rsync_result = `rsync  -n --out-format=\'\%n\%L\' -rc $dirs[0]/. $dirs[1]`;
print $rsync_result;

3. Do an external panelize command and choose "Find unique left"


>From this example, I hope the basic idea comes forward.

What I hope to achieve by this is

1. Utilize rsyncs configuration possibilities
2. Being able to freely select which files I want to sync in subdirectories as 
well

Caj
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