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I have a file that gets changed only by content, the timestamp doesn't change.

rdiff-backup on Windows is recognizing this file as changed when I use the --print-statistics option:

Successful compare: rep_1/branches
changed: rep_1/branches/branches.dat
changed: rep_1/branches/names.dat

Then when I run the backup the changed file is omitted:

Incrementing mirror file E:\rtestb/rep_1/branches
Processing changed file rep_1/branches/names.dat
Incrementing mirror file E:\rtestb/rep_1/branches/names.dat
Processing changed file rep_1/info.dat

I guess rdiff-backup is just checking the timestamp in order to determine if the file is changed.

Is it possible to make rdiff-backup check the file hash instead of the timestamp?

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  • --compare-hash-at-time command line option should help you.
    – dsmsk80
    Feb 13 '17 at 10:02
  • but this is just a comparison, right? I think it won't make any effect during a backup, am I wrong? Feb 13 '17 at 16:32

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