how to get around rsync error (OS X Tiger)

Lee Cullens lee_cullens at
Tue Aug 23 23:41:45 GMT 2005

Lee Cullens wrote:

> Patrick M McNeal wrote:
>>> That sounds like some weirdness introduced by the MacOS patches.  You
>>> should probably look for someone that is responsible for the MacOS
>>> customizations and ask them about this error.
>> If you are using the rsync binary supplied with 10.4, you should  
>> submit a bug to Apple via  If you are  
>> using rsyncX, you should contact the developer at rsyncxdev at
>> I've been pushing Apple to work with the mainline rsync developers 
>> to  get their changes incorporated, but from what I can tell they've 
>> not  done anything or are not interested.
> Thank you for that very helpful info Patrick,
> The bug report is submitted.
> Being up in years, though, I may never see it resolved :-)
> Lee C

I also added the following to the bug report

Running rsync locally (at least) with the following command line:

sudo rsync -axEHuvv --delete --inplace 
/Volumes/Mirrored_HD_Set/ /Volumes/LaCie_Disk_B

In addition to the other problems I've noted, Apple's rsync (2.6.3  
protocol version 28) also changes more than a few permissions in 
./Library/Application Support/     ./Library/Fonts/  ./Library/Internet 
Plug-Ins/  ./Library/Scripts/  and ./System/Library/  (from -rw-rw-r-- 
to -r--------). 

Be warned to run Disk Utility repair permissions on target immediately 

Snippet from lengthy DU permissions repair output:

Permissions differ on ./Library/Application 
Images.workflow, should be -rwxrwxr-x , they are -r--------
Owner and group corrected on ./Library/Application 
Support/Apple/Automator/Workflows/Applications/._Process Images.workflow
Permissions corrected on ./Library/Application 
Support/Apple/Automator/Workflows/Applications/._Process Images.workflow

Lee C

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