Rsync windows acls

Matt McCutchen matt at
Tue Dec 30 03:33:08 GMT 2008

On Mon, 2008-12-29 at 09:54 -0700, Michael Chletsos wrote:
> Has rsync integrated windows acls into it yet?

No, and the main version probably never will as rsync targets primarily
unix-like systems.  Windows ACL support would be fair game for a
maintained patch that could be included in packagings such as cwRsync.

I know of three currently available options:

- If you want to back up ACLs in a way that can be restored but don't
need to actually apply them to the destination files, --fake-super is
supposed to be able to do this (though I'm not entirely clear on how it

- Use rsync to copy the data and another tool such as RoboCopy to copy
the ACLs.  See:

- Ask Srinivasa Battula <sbattula at> for his modified version
of rsync that supports Windows ACLs (based on a development snapshot of
2.6.9, unless it has been updated).


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