Odd behavior with --detect-renamed

Matt McCutchen matt at mattmccutchen.net
Sun Dec 30 01:31:54 GMT 2007

On Fri, 2007-12-28 at 17:31 +0100, Erik Pettersson wrote:
> I'm trying out the 'detect-renamed'-patch, and I've encountered some
> odd behavior.

> Basicly, what I've noticed is that if I move a file into a newly
> created directory (which is what happens if I rename a directory, for
> example), the file isn't detected as renamed. However, if I manually
> create the new directory on the target-side, the file is correctly
> detected as a rename, and isn't transfered over the network. 
> Here I've moved 'file' into a newly created directory 'dir2', which
> isn't available on the target-side.
> > $ find src
> > src
> > src/dir1
> > src/dir1/dir2
> > src/dir1/dir2/file 
> > 
> > $ find dst
> > dst
> > dst/dir1
> > dst/dir1/file
> > 
> > $ rsync -avv --detect-renamed -e ssh src/dir1 localhost:dst
> > [...]
> > total: matches=0  hash_hits=0  false_alarms=0 data=4544512 
> The file isn't detected as a rename.

I see what the problem is.  When the receiving rsync considers
dst/dir1/file for a rename, dst/dir/dir2 does not yet exist, so rsync
cannot create the partial dir for dst/dir/dir2 in order to stage the

One workaround would be to do a preliminary run with --include='*/'
--exclude='*' to create all the necessary directories in the destination
before doing the main run.

One possible fix would be to call create_directory_path to ensure that
the destination directory that is the target of the rename exists before
handling the partial dir.  Unfortunately, create_directory_path will
give any created directories default permissions instead of flist ones,
which could be bad.  To avoid this problem, rsync could look up each
intermediate directory in the flist and, if it is found, give it 700
permissions for later fixing (like the incremental recursion code does).
This is awkward, which I believe is a sign that the "reverse" design of
pre-scanning the destination files and looking up each source file in
turn may be better.  This design was proposed by Charles Perreault to me
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