Yes, I’ve noted the same thing about the command line options! I’ve attempted to address that in recent releases by making the default help text shorter and providing searching for the flags
rclone help flags b2 will show you all the flags with
b2 in them for instance.
I also split the backend command line flags from the other command line flags which makes it a little more manageable, unfortunately this split isn’t visible in the online docs - I haven’t worked out how to do that!
rclone is very modular internally. You can commend out any backends you don’t want in
backends/all/all.go and any command you don’t want in
cmd/all/all.go and recompile for a slimmed down rclone.
So in theory it would be easy enough to make specialized binaries, maybe something like the way caddy will compile a version with just the plugins you want.
So making specialized binaries would be a bit of work, but once done it wouldn’t be a maintenance burden particularly.
I think my preference would be to keep everything in one binary though and help the user with the complexity of the command line options.
One thing I’d like to do is reduce the number of global options rclone has. There are lots of options which don’t apply everywhere
These should only apply to sync
--delete-after When synchronizing, delete files on destination after transferring (default)
--delete-before When synchronizing, delete files on destination before transferring
--delete-during When synchronizing, delete files during transfer
--delete-excluded Delete files on dest excluded from sync
And these should only apply to rclone commands which list things
--exclude stringArray Exclude files matching pattern
--exclude-from stringArray Read exclude patterns from file
--exclude-if-present string Exclude directories if filename is present
--fast-list Use recursive list if available. Uses more memory but fewer transactions.
--files-from stringArray Read list of source-file names from file
-f, --filter stringArray Add a file-filtering rule
–filter-from stringArray Read filtering patterns from a file
–ignore-case Ignore case in filters (case insensitive)
–include stringArray Include files matching pattern
–include-from stringArray Read include patterns from file
So I think grouping the existing global flags into say listing, syncing etc and applying these groups to the relevant commands rather than globally would help a lot, so when you did
rclone sync -h you would only get options which were relevant to