installing rsync-3-0-5 on a Mac
rye at usc.edu
Wed Feb 25 18:00:41 GMT 2009
The following note never went through yesterday for some reason:
You probably know all of this already, but for those not familiar with
the mysteries of the Unix side of the Mac OS X, allow me to comment
Assuming /usr/local/bin is in your $PATH (otherwise you must add it
first), there are at least two solutions to the path problem, in
rsync 2.6.9 (in /usr/bin) is in front of rsync 3.0.5 (in /usr/
1: rename /usr/bin/rsync to /usr/bin/rsync269, so that if you should
ever want to downgrade, you just have to change the name back to /
bin/rsync and away you go.
2: change your $PATH, so that /usr/local/bin comes before /usr/bin.
Then whatever version of rsync, or anything else, you have in /usr/
local/bin will be the version of that application that your Mac
Personally, I feel more comfortable keeping /usr/bin first in the
and I just always rename the Mac default versions whenever they get
reinstalled by an OS update, but there is really nothing wrong with
this solution, and it certainly is more permanent.
Under Leopard (MacOS X 10.5.x) rsync version 2.6.9 is installed by
default in /usr/bin. Whenever Apple updates the system and does
anything that "updates" rsync it will check if rsync 2.6.9 is
as "/usr/bin/rsync". If it does not find it it will "helpfully"
reinstall it for you. Thus, every time Apple "updates" anything with
regard to rsync and reinstalls it you have to rename it again, if
use solution 1... which can be a pain in the neck.
>> On Mon, 2009-02-23 at 20:21 +0100, Kurt wrote:
>> > is "rsync --version" reporting the wrong version number, or am I to
>> > stupid to properly install rsync-3-0-5 on a Mac?
>> > Here is what I did:
>> > download and extract rsync-3-0-5 (btw: why is there an extra
>> > folder?)
>> > in Terminal I ran: ./configure, make, sudo make install
>> > There was no error message, and the old /usr/local/bin/rsync was
>> > replaced.
>> > When I now issue "rsync --version" I get:
>> > rsync version 2.6.9 protocol version 29
>> > Copyright (C) 1996-2006 by Andrew Tridgell, Wayne Davison, and
>> > <http://rsync.samba.org/>
>> > Capabilities: 64-bit files, socketpairs, hard links, symlinks,
>> > batchfiles,
>> > inplace, IPv6, 32-bit system inums, 64-bit
>> internal inums
>> > which is not what I expected.
>> Make sure your $PATH is set so that the rsync you installed will be
>> found first. When you have this right, "which rsync" should
>> print /usr/local/bin/rsync .
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