Backing up resource forks

David Allie david.allie at
Fri Mar 11 08:34:19 MST 2011

Check out and download/compile version 3.0.7. Very stable, I've been downloading/compiling my own rsync from here for several years and have not encountered any problems.

If you're interested and would like the download/compile steps, let me know. Mike Bombich (CCC, Apple) used to have it posted on his site, but I have the steps in a script I use. You obviously need to have xCode installed on your Mac.

-- David Allie

On Mar 11, 2011, at 10:06 AM, Wayne Davison wrote:
On Thu, Mar 10, 2011 at 10:50 PM, Y z <yankel at> wrote:
A little research showed me that rsync (2.6.9) for Mac supports the -E option, which is supposed to back up the resource forks, too.

That is an option that apple added, but it is not implemented very well and is not compatible with non-apple rsyncs.  You should compile a standard rsync version on your mac.  Some of the various code repos for macs have good auto-build rules for this.

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