BAD rsync, or is it bad me?

John Van Essen vanes002 at
Wed Dec 31 11:58:35 EST 2003

On Tue, 30 Dec 2003, Wesley Joyce <wjoyce at> wrote:
> Something very scary just happened to me while I was creating a ksh script
> to rsync mulitple FS between two hosts.  Here is the script, notice the 'i'
> at the end of rsync line, it got put there by mistake.  You also see the
> contents of $FSLIST cat'd below the script.  When I ran this, it started to
> delete files in root's home directory and place files from the fist FS,
> /banner, into root's home directory.  The resolved rsync line in the first
> instance would have been...
> rsync -vaz -e "ssh" --delete --exclude-from=/usr/local/adm/rsync.exclude
> /banner/ backenp650:/banneri

Nope.  The destination in your script was  "$DHOST:$FSi"
$FSi  is a variable named  FSi  which does not exist, so a null
string was used, leaving your destination as  "backenp650:"
And that would indeed be using the home directory on the destination.

Not bad rsync - bad you!  ;-)

I would suggest always using --dry-run when debugging scripts like this
and then remove it when it looks like things will work as you intended.
        John Van Essen  Univ of MN Alumnus  <vanes002 at>

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