how to backup/restore of windows file attributes

Matthias Meyer matthias.meyer at
Tue Dec 30 23:10:01 GMT 2008

Matt McCutchen wrote:

> On Tue, 2008-12-30 at 22:40 +0100, Matthias Meyer wrote:
>> I use rsync for backing up windows.
>> After a restore of Desktop.ini I recognize that the hidden attribut and
>> the system attribut will not been restored.
>> I know, this are no unix attributes. But is there a way to backup and
>> restore the windows attributes too?
> I know of no way to copy the Windows system and hidden attributes using
> rsync.  (If Cygwin would expose the attributes via st_flags and chflags,
> then they would be handled by the rsync fileflags patch.)  I bet
> RoboCopy can do it.
Thanks Matt.

I will ask in the cygwin mailing list. Where I can find some documentation
about st_flags, chflags and the rsync fileflags patch?
Regarding RoboCopy I would believe it is a file copy tool.

Don't Panic

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