patch against manpage

jw schultz jw at
Thu May 15 18:29:19 EST 2003

On Thu, May 15, 2003 at 10:05:50AM +0200, Paul Slootman wrote:
> Regurgitating an old thread...
> On Wed 12 Mar 2003, jw schultz wrote:
> > > > On Wed, Mar 12, 2003 at 01:27:32PM +0100, Paul Slootman wrote:
> > > > > This is a patch against the manpage to clarify what the --perm option
> > > > > does and does not do.
> > > > 
> > > > If we are going to embellish this description it would be
> > > > good to make it clear that the behavior of rsync in this
> > > > regard is the same as that of cp.
> I've come up with this for the manpage, that should help clear things up
> for just about all people :-) :
> .IP "\fB-p, --perms\fP"
> This option causes rsync to update the permissions of existing destination
> files to be the same as the source files\&.
> Like other file copy utilities new destination files will receive the same
> permissions as their source files with this option\&.
> Without this option, the umask at the receiving end will determine the
> permissions of new files (again, like other file copy utilities)\&.
> I believe that it's accurate, and leaves no room for doubt anywhere (which is
> good for a manpage).

Almost accurate, but it seems awkward.

  This option causes rsync to set destination files to have
  the same the permissions as the source files\&.

  Without this option, new files will have their permissions
  set based on the source files and the umask at the
  receiving end in the same manner as other file copy

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