is support for non-ASCII filenames in rsync complete?

Matt McCutchen matt at
Sun Sep 19 16:44:49 MDT 2010

On Mon, 2010-09-20 at 10:32 +1200, Jason Haar wrote:
> OK - so for example you mean if someone rsync's data from one OS to
> another, and then exports it back via Samba - that might cause issues.

Yes, there may be issues depending on the Samba configuration.

> But if they export it back via rsync, it *will* arrive back the same way?

Most likely, yes.  If you use the same tool under the same conditions in
both directions, you shouldn't end up with a non-identity net encoding
conversion being performed.  Generally speaking, information loss could
occur if characters are passed through a layer that doesn't support
them, but this is unlikely when the backups are stored on a traditional
unix filesystem with binary filenames.


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