Failed rsync -- two different files considered up to date

Tim Conway conway at
Mon Mar 29 18:17:22 GMT 2004

I hadn't thought of that one... I was going to suggest -c (--checksum).

Tim Conway
Unix System Administration
Contractor - IBM Global Services
conway at

Greger Cronquist writes:

> I've used rsync successfully for several years, syncing between two 
> Windows 2000 servers using daemon mode, but today I stumbled accross 
> something peculiar. I'm using cygwin with rsync 2.6.0 at both ends (the 
> latest available at this date) and I have a file that rsync considers up 

> to date even though both the md5 and a normal diff show differences. 
> I've tried calling rsync with several different options, most notably -c 

> for forcing checksum, but it fails to see a difference between the 
> Are there any things I should try or information that I can include? All 

> -vvv gives me is "uptodate".

How about -I (--ignore-times)?

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