Using --keep-dirlinks : recursive symlinks problem

Ivan S. Manida Ivan.Manida at Sun.COM
Fri Aug 20 12:50:45 GMT 2004

Hello folks,

trying to make use of the new --keep-dirlinks feature for a synch port; 
it works excellent but feels incomplete without a way for rsync to 
ignore recursive links.

# ls -la .
total 6
drwxrwxr-x   2 bldmstr  staff       512 Aug 16 21:42 .
drwxrwxr-x   8 bldmstr  staff       512 Aug 16 21:41 ..
lrwxrwxrwx   1 bldmstr  staff         2 Aug 20 12:07 bogus -> ..

if you use '--keep-dirlinks --delete' rsync goes into recursion trying 
to delete unexisting directory at destination.

Is it possible to introduce a feature, or make it a default to ignore 
recursive dirlinks under --keep-dirlinks? Highly doubt this behaviour 
would ever be called for :)

Or please kick me in the right direction for a workaround which would 
make --keep-dirlinks consider sane symlinks only.

thanks for your time,
Ivan S. Manida, cdev/buildmaster
Sun Microsystems

More information about the rsync mailing list