DO NOT REPLY [Bug 4573] New: Hide/protect filtering of xattrs by name

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Sat Apr 28 14:58:22 GMT 2007

           Summary: Hide/protect filtering of xattrs by name
           Product: rsync
           Version: 3.0.0
          Platform: All
        OS/Version: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: enhancement
          Priority: P3
         Component: core
        AssignedTo: wayned at
        ReportedBy: hashproduct+rsync at
         QAContact: rsync-qa at

Users who use xattrs for many different purposes are likely to want to preserve
some xattrs but not others.  Thus, it would be nice to have a name-based
hide/protect filtering system for xattrs just like the ones for files.  Filters
could be specified with an --xattr-filter option; I see no need to add
corresponding syntactic-sugary --xattr-{in,ex}clude{,-from} options.

For example, if src/ has been indexed by Beagle and I want to copy it to dest/,
copying over all xattrs except the Beagle ones, I could run:

rsync -aX --xattr-filter='H user.Beagle.*' src/ dest/

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