fixing user, group, and mtime with rsync?

Sven Hartrumpf Sven.Hartrumpf at
Tue Sep 16 08:02:11 GMT 2008

Mon, 15 Sep 2008 15:21:37 -0400, matt wrote:

> 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.

Thanks Matt,
that worked almost perfectly and was very quick for the 15 million files!
The mtime of soft links was not corrected. Is this expected?

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