I want to build a new directory tree locally and just make/"touch" an empty file with the proper name and old date..
then I wan to update JUST THE FILES in my new directory tree with what is at the source.. if they are different.
Sorry, I just do not understand what you are trying to do.
I see in the doc a reference to "Existing files only" but do not see the command line or script option ?
There's no equivalent in scripting. But you can set the option in GUI as default and the script will use it.
point 2: I would also like to request a feature... I think it would be a nice feature to supply a text file containing the directories and file names to sync. It would require new options on the command line like -sourcefilelist and -targetfilelist SourceFilelist would contain something like:
it would give the ability to build a list of the exact files you need to sync that do not fit in a wildcard or other common selection process.
You can do it like: