rsync-2.4.7 NEWS file

Martin Pool mbp at
Mon Aug 6 14:38:32 EST 2001

I've gone through the CVS commit log and tried to get every
user-visible change since 2.4.6, so that we can make a proper
announcement for 2.4.7.  Please let me know if anything is

At this stage I'm planning to release two 2.4.7pre tarballs, one with
the "large nohang patch" and one without.  Some people inside VA will
be stress-testing both, and so we can see which one works out best.
It seems like most reports on this list like the patch, but I think
tridge is still conceerned that it will cause too much memory


rsync 2.4.7 (sometime in 2001, maybe :)


    * Martin Pool <mbp at> is now a co-maintainer.


    * Support for LSB-compliant packaging <>

    * Shell wildcards are allowed in "auth users" lines.


    * Include/exclude cluestick: with -vv, print out whether files are
      included or excluded and why.

    * Many error messages have more friendly explanations and more

    * Manual page improvements plus scanty protocol documentation.

    * When running as --daemon in the background and using a "log
      file" rsyncd.conf directive, close the log file every time it is
      open when going to sleep on the socket.  This allows the log
      file to get cleaned out by another process.

    * Change to using libpopt rather than getopt for processing
      options.  This makes the code cleaner and the behaviour more
      consistent across platforms.  popt is included and built if not
      installed on the platform.

    * More details in --version, including note about whether 64-bit
      files, symlinks and hardlinks are supported.

    * MD4 code may use less CPU cycles.

    * Use mkstemp on systems where it is secure.  If we use mktemp,
      explain that we do it in a secure way.

    * --whole-file is the default when source and target are on the
        local machine.


    * Attempt to fix Large File Summit support on AIX.

    * Attempt to fix error handling lockup bug.

    * Give a non-0 exit code if *any* of the files we have been asked
      to transfer fail to transfer 

    * Fix --cvs-exclude sigsegv bug.

    * Applied "simple nohang patch" from Wayne Davison.

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