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From "Dominique Devienne" <>
Subject Re: Bringing up an old issue that was never addressed: includeemptydirs on delete
Date Mon, 08 May 2006 20:22:22 GMT
OK, now I'm pretty confident everything's working as expected.

> Desired outcome:
> files test/something.ini, test/test1/test2/another.ini deleted
> dirs test3 and test2 deleted as both are now empty.

test3 *would* be deleted if you included it somehow. One way would be
to have an <emptydir /> file selector, which would additionally and
optionally recognize the recursive case when a dir contains only
"empty" dirs because they contain only empty dirs, etc...

test2 OTOH would never be deleted because it *becomes* empty after the
fact. 2 <delete> could work around that, at the expense of a second

What you want is actually implemented (originally by me ;-) in <sync>,
which removes empty dirs (recursively) in a 3rd pass, once files have
been added and removed... But that's not <delete>

> Using an excludes pattern [...], it does exactly as desired,
> but it's kind of hacky as you have to think backwards

Agreed. --DD

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