Rsync 3.0.4pre2 released

Wayne Davison wayned at
Sat Aug 2 21:54:46 GMT 2008

Rsync version 3.0.4pre2 is now available for release testing.  This is a
bug-fix release with the only "enhancement" being the adding of a way to
interact with an overly-restrictive server that refuses rsync's
behind-the-scenes use of the -e option.

I hope this will be the final pre-release prior to 3.0.4, so please do
test this and send email to the rsync mailing list with any questions,
comments, or bug reports.

Changes since 3.0.4pre1:

 - Fixed the hard-linking of files from a device that has a device
   number of 0 (which seems to be a common device number on NetBSD).

 - Fixed the handling of a --partial-dir that cannot be created.  This
   particularly impacts the --delay-updates option (since the files
   cannot be delayed without a partial-dir), and was potentially
   destructive if the --remove-source-files was also specified.

 - The --iconv option now converts the content of a symlink too, instead
   of leaving it in the wrong character-set (requires 3.0.4pre2 on both
   sides of the transfer).

 - When using --iconv, if a filename fails to convert on the receiving
   side, this no longer interferes with deletions in the root-dir of the

 - Fixed a bug where --delete-during could delete in a directory before
   it noticed that the sending side sent an I/O error for that dir.

 - When using --iconv, if a server-side receiver can't convert a
   filename, it now outputs the name back to the client without mangling
   the charset.

 - Changed some errors that were going to stdout to go to stderr.

 - Some manpage improvements.

To see a full summary of the changes since 3.0.3, visit this link:

You can download the source tar file and its signature from here:

The patches directory is now in a separate tar file (for those that want
one or more of the patches):

See the rsync website for other download methods, including diffs, etc.:

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