rsync-2.6.2: NFS clients confused after an rsync

John Van Essen vanes002 at
Wed May 12 02:30:17 GMT 2004

On Tue, 11 May 2004, Wayne Davison <wayned at> wrote:
> I had been considering making the preservation of directory times an
> optional occurance with rsync.  The appended patch implements this.
> Comments?

> - -t, --times                 preserve times
> + -t, --times                 preserve times on non-directories
> + -d, --dir-times             preserve times on directories


I strongly disgree with this patch.  It changes the historic and
expected behavior of an existing option (this also affects -a).

If anything, the patch should be for the negative -

--no-dir-times               don't preserve times on directories

Furthermore, the NFS problem that Brian was experiencing is fixed
by his refined patch, so this option isn't needed.

Please don't change functionality of basic rsync options to fix
a problem that is as obscure as this one is...  :)
        John Van Essen  Univ of MN Alumnus  <vanes002 at>

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