Symlinks in source path with --relative
matt at mattmccutchen.net
Wed Aug 13 13:49:31 GMT 2008
On Wed, 2008-08-13 at 13:01 +0100, Phil Endecott wrote:
> I have a fairly straightforward backup script that does something like this:
> cd /
> rsync -a --delete --relative home/phil/important backupserver:/backup/foo/
> This was working fine and, for example, /home/phil/important/file1 was
> copied to /backup/foo/home/phil/important/file1 on the backup server.
> But then I changed the disk partition arrangement on the source
> machine. Before, /home was a filesystem; now there's a filesystem
> called /data, and /home is a symlink to /data/home:
> ls -l /
> drwxr-xr-x 6 root root 4096 Oct 9 2007 data
> lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 10 Nov 21 2006 home -> data/home/
> Now, it seems that rsync notices this symlink and tries to recreate it
> on the backup server because of the -l implied by -a. This is not what
> I want. However, I do want any symlinks inside /home/phil/important to
> be copied as links, so I can't simply drop the -l.
Upgrade the sending rsync to 3.0.0 or newer (which always sends
ancestors of a source argument as directories, not symlinks, with
--relative) or pass --no-implied-dirs to avoid processing the ancestors
of home/phil/important at all.
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