rsync 2.5.6 globbing bug

jw schultz jw at
Thu Jul 31 07:57:18 EST 2003

On Wed, Jul 30, 2003 at 10:44:37PM +0100, Alan Burlison wrote:
> $ rsync -auv \
>* . \
> | grep -v MOTD:

Cockpit error.
This isn't DOS.  Don't use * when you want the all directory contents.
	rsync -auv . 
Will work correctly and is safe from the local shell
globbing which would have given you an error message had you
been using csh with default options.

> rsync: connection unexpectedly closed (1598 bytes read so far)
> rsync error: error in rsync protocol data stream (code 12) at io.c(165)
> This is because the array used to hold the expanded filename glob (argv in 
> rsync_module(), clientserver.c) is only 1000 entries in size, and the above 
> archive directory contains more than 1000 files.  argv should probably be 
> allocated with malloc and grown as necessary with realloc.  I'm happy to 
> submit a patch if that is acceptable.
> Please reply direct as I'm not ton the mailing list,

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