simlinks and options
jw at pegasys.ws
Sat Feb 22 08:58:00 EST 2003
On Fri, Feb 21, 2003 at 12:15:59PM -0400, Carlos Molina Garcia wrote:
> I wrote a script that make remote backups with rsync. I have 2 main
> problems with it
> 1) I want that the destination directory (on the repository machine)
> recreate the backed up file path and it permission (I use -R here )
> 2) Is there a way to "follow" all the links using -R and -a parameters..??
> Currently I am using something like this.
> rsync -al --delete --copy-unsafe-links --rsh=/usr/bin/ssh -R
> --delete-excluded -vv --delete /etc/* root at 127.0.0.1:/usr/local/src/
What you want is not /etc/* but /etc or /etc/ With /etc it
will copy the /etc directory (and you won't in this case
need -R. With /etc/ it copies all the contents of /etc but not
the directory itself and you will want -R or add etc to the
Do a echo /etc/* to see what the shell is putting on the
command line to rsync.
> and if I see /etc on the source server
> s -la /etc/runlevels/default/
> total 1
> drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 216 Feb 12 21:02 .
> drwxr-xr-x 6 root root 152 Dec 3 11:45 ..
> -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 0 Dec 4 06:51 .keep
> lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 15 Feb 9 16:39 gpm ->
> lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 17 Dec 31 1998 local ->
> lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 17 Feb 12 21:02 named ->
> lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 20 Dec 31 1998 net.eth0 ->
> lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 20 Dec 31 1998 netmount ->
> lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 20 Dec 31 1998 sysklogd ->
Absolute paths all.
Now reread the manpage
This tells rsync to copy the referent of symbolic
links that point outside the source tree. Absolute
symlinks are also treated like ordinary files, and
so are any symlinks in the source path itself when
--relative is used.
Change all those symlinks to to relative and make the above
change and it will do as you want.
> Is there a way to maintain the simlinks that the source server have..??
Yes, don't use --copy-unsafe-links but do use --links which
is included in -a. That may produce a few links that point
nowhere or that point to non-backup files on the local
> I should use the -R flag to maintain the source server directory
> structure on the storage server...
How you do that is up to you.
Oh, the term is symlinks, not simlinks. It is short for
symbolic link :)
J.W. Schultz Pegasystems Technologies
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