Change in workings of -K switch in 3.0.3?

Matt McCutchen matt at
Sat Nov 1 12:29:38 GMT 2008

On Sat, 2008-11-01 at 11:56 +0100, eric casteleijn wrote: 
> Did how the -K switch works change in v. 3.0.3? I upgraded my Ubuntu 
> yesterday, and my rsync script is suddenly behaving very differently:
> I have a large folder structure that I sync between to machines with the 
> following switches:
> rsync -avzK --delete source target
> This *used* to mean that if some directories on the target machine were 
> actually symlinks to somewhere else, rsync just traversed those symlinks 
> and treated them as normal directories.
> After upgrading to 3.0.3, however, rsync deletes the symlink, then 
> starts copying the source directory with the same name in its place.

You are right, the combination of -K, --delete and incremental recursion
is broken.  I'm guessing the incremental recursion is interfering with
the ability of the chunk of code near the end of make_file to recognize
when a symlink found on the filesystem should be treated as a directory
for the purpose of --delete matching.  I will look into fixing this.

A workaround is to disable incremental recursion with --no-i-r.


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