Why are files synced again and again when not using -a?

Hendrik Visage hvjunk at gmail.com
Mon Mar 30 13:00:44 GMT 2009

perhaps using Windows or FAT32 type filesystems?

On 3/30/09, André Hänsel <andre at webkr.de> wrote:
> Hi,
> usually I use rsync with -a but recently I used it without this option and
> discovered that the same files are synced over and over again (as shown by
> -v). Of course the rsync algorithm avoids the traffic but the files are all
> listed.
> As soon as I use -a for one time those files are not transferred again,
> even
> when I remove the -a again.
> So I suspect, when building the file list, rsync doesn't take into account
> that it won't be able to transfer some attributes anyway (because of
> missing
> -a) and tries again to transfer them.
> Is this the desired behaviour?
> This is valid for rsync  version 2.6.9  protocol version 29.
> Regards,
> André
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