rsync 2.5.7 link-dest seems broken

Wayne Davison wayned at
Wed Dec 31 07:10:08 EST 2003

On Tue, Dec 30, 2003 at 07:34:48PM +0000, gname at wrote:
> The numeric id's are different, but I assumed numeric id's are not used
> unless explictly asked for.

Internally we use ID numbers, but the code tries to translate them based
on names.  Obviously there is something wrong in this instance.  You can
work around the problem in the 2.6.0 release by omitting the options to
preserve user and group, like this:

    rsync -av hostb:popt aaa
    rsync -rpltv --link-dest=$PWD/aaa hostb:popt bbb

I assume that older versions of rsync would still exhibit the problem
(since we have a patch relating to this in the upcoming 2.6.0).


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