DO NOT REPLY [Bug 4977] rsync: failed to set times on

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Fri Oct 12 21:14:42 GMT 2007

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------- Comment #8 from me at  2007-10-12 16:14 CST -------
I had the same problem with my backups, and rebuilding it on the same machine
didn't help.  I suspect it's because support for lutimes is fs-specific, and I
have ext3 (which supports lutimes) on /home (where the build was done), and
reiserfs (which apparently does not support lutimes) on /volumes/backup (where
the backups are stored)

A rebuild with HAVE_LUTIMES forcibly undefined does not give the error.

I think a real solution would be for rsync to detect lutimes support per-fs at
runtime, before attempting to use it.  I'd be happy if it never bothered to
try, or not unless given something like --have_lutimes.  I'm not happy having
the default be to throw a bunch of errors about something I don't care about
that can't be done on that disk anyway.

[polyergic at seneschal ~]$ uname -a
Linux seneschal #1 SMP Sat Aug 4 18:59:20 UTC 2007 i686
AMD_Athlon(tm)_Processor PLD Linux

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