rsync without POSIX ACLs

ericbambach1 at ericbambach1 at
Wed Dec 19 16:26:06 MST 2012


        I'm not sure what you expect to happen since for most filesystems 
there is no concept of "permission inheritance" in unix-like operating 
systems. Rather, newly created files obey the currently set umask (usually 
022). Are you saying you want rsync to use your current umask instead of 
passing the --chmod argument?

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From:   "Ryan  John" <john.ryan at>
To:     "rsync at" <rsync at>
Date:   12/19/2012 04:54 PM
Subject:        rsync without POSIX ACLs
Sent by:        <rsync-bounces at>


I’m trying to rsync from an IBM SONAS, that has no POSIX ACLs.
I thought that without the –p flag, this should still work, and the 
destination will just inherit permissions, however, it doesn’t.
My source directory on the SONAS looks like:
~$ ls -la /net/sonas/directory
d--------- 2 user group     36 Oct  9 12:59 ./
d--------- 2 user group     36 Oct  9 12:59 ../
---------- 2 user group     36 Oct  9 12:59 file
 (I can still read/write files and dirs, it just looks like I can't)

If I try to rsync this like:
Rsync –rlt /net/sonas/directory /tmp/

The directory is created in /tmp/ and then the ACLs on the directory, and 
the files in it are set to ---------, then rsync fails, because it can’t 
read the directory
rsync: recv_generator: failed to stat "/tmp/directory/file": Permission 
denied (13)
rsync error: some files/attrs were not transferred (see previous errors) 
(code 23) at main.c(1039) [sender=3.0.6]

I can get around it by doing:
rsync -rlt --chmod=u+rwx,g+rx /net/sonas/directory /tmp/
but that's not really satisfactory, as I'd just like it to inherit the 
destination permissions.

Does anyone know a better way?
Thanks in advance

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