rsync'd files&dirs saved as user:group = "unknown":"unknown", NOT original ownership

Wayne Davison wayned at
Tue Nov 7 00:10:29 GMT 2006

On Mon, Nov 06, 2006 at 01:18:47PM -0800, snowcrash+rsync wrote:
> but, although the creation times/dates are maintained, the user:group
> are NOT ... changed, instead to "unknown":"unknown"

Since you specified that users & groups should be transferred using
numeric IDs, you should check to see what the IDs are on the files.
Also, do a copy using 4 verbose options (-vvvv) and you will be shown
what each side believes to be the file-list information.  This will
include the string "uid=1234" on the sending side (no matter what),
but the receiving side's list will only contain this string if rsync
believes that it is running in super-user mode with ownership being


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