cannot rsync when source directory lacks write permission

András Porjesz andras.porjesz at
Mon Aug 6 23:57:15 MDT 2012

Probably it is related to this bug:

-----Original Message-----
From: rsync-bounces at [mailto:rsync-bounces at] On Behalf Of Steven Levine
Sent: Friday, July 27, 2012 20:15
To: rsync at
Subject: Re: cannot rsync when source directory lacks write permission

In <juuivm$ai5$1 at>, on 07/27/12
   at 01:26 PM, "Brian J. Murrell" <brian at> said:


>I seem to be running into a problem where I am trying to rsync from a 
>source directory that lacks write permissions (i.e. r-xr-xr-x).
>Presumably this is because rsync creates the directory on the 
>destination, then sets the permissions to match the source and then 
>tries to sync the contents of the directory, which it cannot of course 
>lacking write permission in the directory.

Rsync contains code to handle this.  What version of rsync are you running and what is the command line you are using and what is the exact error message you are getting?



"Steven Levine" <steve53 at>  eCS/Warp/DIY etc.

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