file-attr-restore and dollar signs

Pat Hooper wphooper at
Thu Aug 31 14:50:50 GMT 2006

Hi All,

I've been using the great file-attr-restore script with rsync to get around
problems with uid's on a portable hard drive... It's the perfect solution
for me.

(for those that haven't seen it,you can get it here:

Anyway, I found a small bug in the script. file-attr-restore fails for file
names with dollar signs. You might ask "why would you want to put a dollar
sign in a file name?" The answer is you wouldn't, but Java creates these
sorts of files when you compile a class that has inner classes (eg files
like "outer$inner.class")

I created a little bash script that illustrates the problem:
touch 'a$b'
chmod og-rw a?b
echo "State 0:"
ls -l a?b

# save permissions state to file
echo `find . -name "a?b" -ls` > findout
# change permissions
chmod a+rw a?b

echo "State 1:"
ls -l a?b

# attempt to restore
echo "Attempting to restore original permissions:"
file-attr-restore -p findout
echo "Results:"
ls -l a?b

It is probably an easy fix, but I don't know any perl. (Maybe I'll try

I was curious if this is a known bug... I couldn't find anything on rsync's
bug list. But perhaps, there is a newer version out there.

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