--fake-super and xattr between Linux and Solaris 10

Corey McGuire coreyfro at coreyfro.com
Wed Mar 5 21:27:06 GMT 2008

Hello trusty rsync list,

I'm excited about --fake-super as it will replace too much work with none at
all.  I have gotten it to work under linux and I have a fair grasp with what
is happening there.  I have a problem, though, and that is, in the long
term, I'll need to archive my Linux systems not to a Linux box, but to a
Solaris 10 box.  I understand that Solaris does have extended attributes of
sorts, but when configuring rsync 3 under Solaris, attribute support doesn't
appear to be enabled:

-bash-3.00$ ./configure --prefix=/home/coreyfro | grep attr
checking sys/attr.h usability... no
checking sys/attr.h presence... no
checking for sys/attr.h... no
checking for getxattr... no
checking for extattr_get_link... no
checking for setattrlist... no
checking attr/xattr.h usability... no
checking attr/xattr.h presence... no
checking for attr/xattr.h... no
checking sys/xattr.h usability... no
checking sys/xattr.h presence... no
checking for sys/xattr.h... no
checking sys/extattr.h usability... no
checking sys/extattr.h presence... no
checking for sys/extattr.h... no
checking whether to support extended attributes... no

I am not a Solaris guy.  Infact, I coined a term to describe me to a
Can rsync work it's --fake-super mojo on Solaris?  Can anyone tell me how to
make Solaris extended attributes interface rsync 3 happily?  A brief
explanation is fine.  I just need enough common language so that I can hold
a conversation with our Solaris guy.


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