Rsync 3.0.3 with patches on OS X 10.4.11 fails to copy ACLs

henri henri at
Thu Oct 23 00:18:24 GMT 2008

Check that ACL's are enabled on the destination volume.

Details on how to do this are available from the following URL :

Hope this helps.

> I am using rsync 3.0.3 to copy a remote RAID volume on one Xserve to  
> the
> local RAID volume on an other Xserve. Both Xserves are running OS X  
> Server
> 10.4.11.
> I have compiled rsync 3.0.3 on both machines and patched it  
> following Mike
> Bombich's instructions at
> After some struggles, and with invaluable help from the list, I how  
> have an
> rsync script running to completion but it generates log errors, I  
> think for
> every file, and fails to copy ACLS, even though the ACL flag for  
> Macs is set
> as shown in the OPTS variable in my backup script:
> OPTS=(-aAX --delete --archive --rsync-path=/usr/local/bin/rsync
> --protect-args --fileflags --force-change)
> Some sample error log entries are:
> rsync: set_acl: sys_acl_set_file(SN3201128/.Share Your  
> Images.url.g4bMCP,
> ACL_TYPE_EXTENDED): Operation not supported (45)
> rsync: set_acl: sys_acl_set_file(SN3201128/.Warez Home.url.WxglUO,
> ACL_TYPE_EXTENDED): Operation not supported (45)
> rsync: set_acl:
> sys_acl_set_file(SN3201128/ 
> Steinberg_Nuendo_v3.2.0.1128/.Steinberg.Nuendo.ex
> e.i2w172, ACL_TYPE_EXTENDED): Operation not supported (45)
> I saw similar errors when I was running Carbon Copy Cloner on the same
> volumes, which also uses rsync 3.0.3 and was informed that in some  
> cases
> these are only log artifacts and not real errors. In this case,  
> however, I
> have checked and ACLs do not seem to be preserved in the copies.
> I know ACL support for Mac has been problematical until recently,  
> but can
> anyone suggest troubleshooting steps I might take to try to fix the  
> problem. I an certainly supply the entire rsync script and entire log
> contents if that will help.
> Thank you,
> --Carney Mimms
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