Change in workings of -K switch in 3.0.3?

eric casteleijn thisfred at
Sat Nov 1 13:22:19 GMT 2008

Matt McCutchen wrote:
> 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.

Thanks for the speedy reply, (and for confirming I haven't gone crazy ;) 
  The work does the trick for me.

- eric casteleijn

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