Feature request: Sync Mac OS resource forks and metadata on Mac OS X

Jason Smith smithja at cs.unc.edu
Tue Sep 17 22:45:00 EST 2002

On Tuesday, Sep 17, 2002, at 15:31 US/Eastern, Kevin Crowston wrote:

> I have a feature request for rsync. I tried posting it to the 
> FAQ-o-matic, but that system didn't seem to be accepting new 
> questions. I hope this is an okay list for the request--apologies if 
> it's misdirected.
> Mac OS X provides support for the Mac file system resource forks and 
> mac specific metadata (e.g., creator and file type). Most Unix 
> applications ignore this information, but it is accessible. It would 
> be great if rsync between two Mac OS X machines could sync this 
> information as well as the usual Unix file contents and unix metadata.
> I plan to take a look at the source, but I don't have high hopes of 
> being able to create a robust patch. Hopefully this will be easy for 
> someone who knows Mac OS X.

	It's already done: http://www.macosxlabs.org/rsyncx/rsyncx.html

	The underlying CLI tool is an HFS+ resource aware version of rsync 

	I've asked this before on this list, and never received a response... 
what are the barriers to getting this support added to the main rsync 
tree as part of the MacOS X configuration?  Having this in the maintree 
would be highly useful to MacOS X users, instead of having to have to 
continually patch the rsync tree with the HFS+ patch.

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