Exclude files by size

Bug #823719 reported by Alex on 2011-08-10
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Back In Time
Fix Released

Bug Description

rsync includes an option that allows the user to specify a maximum file size (i.e. if I'm backing up my home directory, I can have it automatically ignore 700mb movies and other large files in all subdirectories). It seems that this would be readily implementable in Back In Time.

Dan (danleweb) wrote :

I tested with rsync "3.0.7" and it does not complains.
What version are you using ?

Germar (germar) wrote :

I tested Backintime with 'rsync --max-size'. According to rsync manpage this is not an exclude option but a transfer option. Which means that (with 'Full rsync mode' disabled) files bigger than max-size that have been transferred in previous snapshots will remain in new snapshots in its old state. This can get quite confusing for users. With 'Full rsync mode' enabled those files are gone in new snapshots like expected.

I would like to open up the discussion here if this would be acceptable or if we should use a different approach. 'rsync --max-size' would be quite easy to implement. An other option would be to scan the entire source for bigger files and exclude them one by one. This would take much more development effort and would take longer for each snapshot.

Changed in backintime:
status: New → Confirmed
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
Germar (germar) on 2014-06-06
Changed in backintime:
milestone: none → 1.1.0
Germar (germar) on 2014-09-19
Changed in backintime:
status: Confirmed → Fix Committed
Germar (germar) on 2015-01-15
Changed in backintime:
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
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