Transfer resource forks (-X -E) but not data?

Matt McCutchen matt at
Sat Aug 9 18:49:06 GMT 2008

On Sat, 2008-08-09 at 12:58 -0400, Gian Spicuzza wrote:
> Our hard drive crashed and we restored a backup under Mac 10.3.9. 
> Unfortunately we lost the executability of the files.  The icons do not 
> show up and we have to manually click "Open With" and choose Word/Excel/etc.
> I have an old backup that has old data, but all of the executibility, 
> permissions, and resource forks are still preserved.  Is there anyway to 
> transfer the executibility and extended attributed (-XE) but not the old 
> data?

Note first that the standard rsync's -X works only on Mac OS 10.4 and
newer.  If you need to copy resource forks on 10.3.9, you'll need an
rsync containing Vitorio Machado's patch from:

One rather silly way to copy extended attributes but not data is to use
the options --date-only --modify-window=1000000000 to make the "quick
check" always pass (so that data of existing destination files is not
modified) and --ignore-non-existing to avoid creating new files on the
destination.  The --date-only option requires a copy of rsync with this

Another approach would be to restore the old backup to another
filesystem using -XE and then restore the newer data (without -XE) on
top of that.

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