Problem preserving user/group names on AIX, rsync 2.6.2

John Van Essen vanes002 at
Sat Aug 6 17:42:43 GMT 2005

On Sat, 6 Aug 2005, Aaron Morris <aaronwmorris at> wrote:
> On 8/5/05, Bob Hutchinson <hutchlists at> wrote:
>> On Friday 05 Aug 2005 07:09, Aaron Morris wrote:
>> > I am having a bit of a problem with rsync 2.6.2 on AIX and I was
>> > wondering if this might just be the expected behavior.
>> >
>> > When using the -o and -g flags, the user and group names are NOT
>> > preserved on the receiving side, however, the UIDs/GIDs are preserved.
>> >  I checked the OLDNEWS file and bugzilla, but could not find any
>> > reference to a problem like this.
>>  the user and group names will only show if they exist on the receiving side,
>> otherwise only the uid/gids will show. I'd call that normal behaviour ;-)
> The users and groups do exist on both sides.  Any other ideas?

By default, the daemon uses chroot.  See the "use chroot" section
in the rsyncd.conf man page for limitations resulting from that.
It explains why only numeric ID's are used and why you are unable
to map usernames and groups.  One solution is "use chroot = no".


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