rsync 2.5.7 link-dest seems broken

jw schultz jw at
Wed Dec 31 07:42:17 EST 2003

On Tue, Dec 30, 2003 at 12:10:08PM -0800, Wayne Davison wrote:
> 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).

In 2.5.[67] --link-dest assumes -pog, 2.6.0 will not.

If the receiver is not root there can be issues with group
preserveration that link-dest won't know about.

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