DO NOT REPLY [Bug 5939] rsync: delete of stat xattr failed for ... (in backup): Operation not permitted (1)

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Tue Jul 14 20:59:17 MDT 2009

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------- Comment #2 from wthrowe at  2009-07-14 21:59 CST -------
I also see this bug (using --fake-super), including in a nightly build last
week.  I'm actually getting this error on all symlinks I tested (tried broken
and working to both a file and a directory, didn't try different owners).  I
think this is because I'm using an ext3 file system, and it doesn't support
xattrs on symlinks.

I notice that in the code, usually when an xattr change is attempted, if it
fails on a symlink with EPERM, the failure is ignored, but that this check is
not performed for the "delete of stat xattr" change.  Adding a check makes the
warnings disappear.  I'm not sure if there is a reason for the absence of the
check, but it seems to cause errors even when there should not be any xattrs
set on the link (because the get_stat_xattr function claims there is an xattr
there when it can't read the xattrs).

Anyway, I've written a simple patch adding the check for EPERM on a symlink.

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