[rsync@b] Re: rsync 2.5.6 globbing bug

Alan Burlison Alan.Burlison at sun.com
Sat Aug 2 10:12:01 EST 2003

jw schultz wrote:

>>While I don't know about the ins-and-outs of globbing libraries (and, 
>>therefore, can't judge ease, etc)...
>>The whole "it's rare [and an obscure (imo) work around exists] so let's not 
>>worry about it" is a reason to reject a feature, NOT a bug fix.
>>As Alan already has done much and is prepared to do more of the work, I 
>>hope his patch is accepted.
> The only bug is that it doesn't report that you have
> exceeded the capacity of the command-line argument globbing.
> Extending the capacity of command-line argument globbing
> would be an enhancement.  There will always be a limit.

If rsync refused to transfer more than 1000 files per invocation would that 
be considered to be a bug?  Of course there will always be a limit (probably 
how much memory you can allocate), but the current restriction seems both 
arbitrary and surprising, especially in this case when the underlying glob 
implemetation works just fine with > 1000 files.

Alan Burlison

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