Rsync 2.6.9pre2 tries to read ACLs of nonexistent files

Matt McCutchen hashproduct+rsync at
Sun Oct 22 03:35:51 GMT 2006

On 10/21/06, Wayne Davison <wayned at> wrote:
> This is pretty straight forward:  an alternate basis file is considered
> to be a drop-in substitute for the destination file when mentioning
> changes due to its one-to-one correspondence.  A fuzzy match, on the
> other hand, is just a potential source of data for a missing file.  So a
> fuzzy match always itemizes as a new file, while a matched alternate
> basis file is either identical (and itemized as unchanged) or different
> (and the destination file is itemized as differing in the way that the
> alternate basis differs from the source file).

That seems reasonable.  However, I think the user should have the
option to itemize with respect to the destination if he/she meant the
basis dir only as an optimization.  Furthermore, I'm not convinced
itemizing with respect to a basis dir is useful unless it handles
non-regular files, including directories; this would help with
Christian's backup scenario.


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