Rsync of filesystems with sym-links to other hosts

jw schultz jw at
Sun Jun 9 03:42:03 EST 2002

On Sun, Jun 09, 2002 at 05:35:01PM +0800, Leaw, Chern Jian wrote:
> HI,
> I have a scenario where a filesystem i.e /fs13/m6.uecommon.1/wmt8/utils is
> residing on a fileserver i.e. fs13. Contents of this filesystem are as
> follows:
> # ls -l /fs13/m6.uecommon.1/wmt8/utils 
> lrwxrwxrwx ........    include-> /fs12/m6.uecommon.1/utils/include
> lrwxrwxrwx ........    tool_utils-> /fs12/m6.uecommon.1/utils/tool_utils
> The filesystems 	being pointed to i.e
> /fs12/m6.uecommon.1/utils/include and /fs12/m6.uecommon.1/utils/tool_utils
> both reside on another fileserver, i.e fs12.
> They(/fs12/m6.uecommon.1/utils/tool_utils and
> /fs12/m6.uecommon.1/utils/include) are NOT mounted on the /fs13 fileserver,
> hence not available on the  /fs13 fileserver. 
> In the /fs12/m6.uecommon.1/utils/include, for example, there are also
> sym-links linking to other FILES, but these files are residing on fs12
> fileserver.
> I would like to rsync the /fs13/m6.uecommon.1/wmt8/utils filesystem on the
> fs13 fileserver to another fileserver called sgfs. I've tried the following
> on sgfs fileserver:
> sgfs fileserver contains the /tmp directory.
> rsync -avzol fs13:/fs13/m6.uecommon.1/wmt8/utils /tmp/
> and also rsync -avzoL  fs13:/fs13/m6.uecommon.1/wmt8/utils /tmp/
> but both ways did not get the files copied to sgfs fileserver.
> Could someone point out I should rectify this problem? 
> I've also tried copying filesystems of /fs12/m6.uecommon.1/ from fs12
> fileserver to sgfs fileserver, then recreating the links to it from
> /fs13/m6.uecommon.1/wmt8/utils in sgfs, but that seemed ineffiecient, as I
> had to perform rsync 2X, one for stuffs on /fs12/m6.uecommon.1 and the other
> for  /fs13/m6.uecommon.1/wmt8/utils.

-a is equivalent to  -rlptgoD so your -avzol is the same as -azv.

It sounds like you want rsync -azv --copy-unsafe-links ...

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