orphan dirs and files with --delete

Tim Conway conway at us.ibm.com
Tue Mar 23 00:04:14 GMT 2004

          --force                 force deletion of directories even if 
not empty

SunOS 5.8           Last change: 26 Jan 2003                    7

User Commands                                            rsync(1)

That should do it.

Tim Conway
Unix System Administration
Contractor - IBM Global Services
conway at us.ibm.com

rsync (2.5.[67]) --delete fails on dirs with the w bit cleared. (example 
Rsync will sync a dir with w bit clear, but will not remove it with 

This is not a big problem, but it will create situations where there are
'orphaned' files.

Has anyone else had this problem? 

It looks like a change would be needed in robust_unlink (util.c). This 
would have to do a chmod on dirs that are locked down before it does the 
(syncing as user root doesn't have this problem)

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