DO NOT REPLY [Bug 5304] New: failed to set times (symlinks)

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Wed Mar 5 20:52:12 GMT 2008

           Summary: failed to set times (symlinks)
           Product: rsync
           Version: 3.0.0
          Platform: All
        OS/Version: Mac OS X
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P3
         Component: core
        AssignedTo: wayned at
        ReportedBy: gmoreno at
         QAContact: rsync-qa at


Among the enhancements to version 3.0.0 you state this:

    - If we get an error setting the time on a symlink, we don't complain about
      it anymore (since some operating systems don't support that, and it's not
      that important).

However, after version 3.0.0pre7 I started getting this error:
rsync: failed to set times on "some_link_to_another_file": Permission denied

where the error happens whenever the file is a soft link to a "proper" file. I
know this is minor, but has me verifying perfectly successful transfers.

This is happening under MacOSX tiger, leopard, with powerpc or intel processors
(does not matter), and several Linuxes with different processors, meaning
something changed between pre7 and pre8 that overlooked this enhancement.


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