Rsync 3.0.0pre8 and Mac OS X

Matt McCutchen matt at
Thu Jan 24 18:18:37 GMT 2008

Please keep this on the rsync list.

On Thu, 2008-01-24 at 18:32 +0100, Rudolf E. Reiber wrote:
> I am sorry, but when I apply the --iconv=utf8mac,iso885915 option, the  
> rsync compleately fails.
> to compile some patches or do some other things in order getting  
> utf8mac to work? Or is this feature built in Rsync 3.0.0pre8?

Support for encodings such as utf8mac is determined by the Mac's
libiconv, not by rsync.  You need to install a libiconv that supports
the utf8mac encoding (check that utf8mac is listed when you run "iconv
--list") and then build rsync against that libiconv.  It looks like your
best bet is the MacPorts libiconv described here:

In fact, rsync 3.0.0pre8 itself appears to be available through


> Am 24.01.2008 um 16:11 schrieb Matt McCutchen:
> > I see now that *Apple's* iconv does have the necessary "utf8mac"
> > encoding.  See:
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > So just pass --iconv=utf8mac,iso885915 when the Mac is sending and
> > --iconv=iso885915,utf8mac when it is receiving, and the problem should
> > go away.

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