post transfer script for forcing perms

Matt McCutchen matt at
Sun Nov 18 15:26:46 GMT 2007

On Sun, 2007-11-18 at 00:40 -0500, Eric S. Johansson wrote:
> I'm looking to see of it is practical to have an rsync server run a script after 
> a transfer finishes.

If you mean the server process invoked over remote shell, you could do
something like this:

rsync --rsync-path='rsync-and-fix-ogp' ...

and write a script called rsync-and-fix-ogp on the destination:

rsync "$@" && chmod/chown...

If you mean an rsync daemon, you want the "post-xfer exec" configuration
parameter; see the rsyncd.conf(5) man page.

> I am moving files (python source) from windows (common 
> point of development) to a few linux machines.  big problem being 
> owner/group/perms are always wrong and python's module install process is
> fragile with respect to OGP.  Therefore, I want to run a script after 
> transferring a set of files so I can correct all of the 
> ownership/group/permissions from the Windows defaults to what I need.

You may be able to get the attributes right with some options to rsync
rather than a separate script.  Don't pass -o, -g, -p, or -a (which
implies -ogp), and then: use the --chmod option or the daemon's
"incoming chmod" parameter to fix the permissions, and run the receiver
as the desired user and group or set the daemon's "uid" and "gid".


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