v3.0.4 OS X Execution Errors

Jonathan S. Abrams hociman at comcast.net
Sat Nov 8 15:08:01 GMT 2008

Yves Petronin wrote:
> I was interested by this compilation on OSX 10.4. I followed the same 
> Bombich instructions, and I thought I was successful, since I have 
> found the following in the /usr/local/bin directory with today's date:
> -rwxr-xr-x   1 root  staff  1011412 Nov  8 14:46 rsync
> Hovever when I perform the  command rsync --version, I still find the 
> old version:
> rsync  version 2.6.9  protocol version 29
> Copyright (C) 1996-2006 by Andrew Tridgell, Wayne Davison, and others.
>  etc.....
> I though that adding the following in my ~/.profile  file would help, 
> but no change
> export PATH=$PATH:/usr/local/bin
> Any idea on how to solve this? I must admit I am a beginner ....
> Rgds
It's the same problem I reported.  Indeed, I made the effort to have 
/usr/local/bin appear early, if not first, in my profile.  That is not 
enough to solve this problem.  As earlier posters who responded to my 
initial inquiry reported, you must explicitly specify the rsync you wish 
to use.  So your rsync command should look like this at the start:

sudo /usr/local/bin/rsync --rsync-path=/usr/local/bin/rsync <whatever 
you actually want to do with rsync>

Either Mike Bombich knows something the rest of us don't, or he was just 
lucky with his setup.  Take your pick.  Good luck!  I know I'm going to 
need it.

Thank you to everyone who responded to my inquiry!  Your assistance is 


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