fixing user, group, and mtime with rsync?

Matt McCutchen matt at
Mon Sep 15 19:21:37 GMT 2008

On Mon, 2008-09-15 at 14:05 +0200, Sven Hartrumpf wrote:
> I prepared a mirror (that is intended to be updated by rsync)
> by doing the initial copy using cpio (for efficiency on 15 million files).
> Unfortunately, user, group, and mtime of some directories and files
> was copied incorrectly.
> Can I use rsync (GIT) to fix this?

Yes, use rsync with the -a option.  Also pass --size-only to avoid
resending the data of regular files due to the difference in mtime.


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