Help for Beginners: A Simple Way of Installing the Latest Version of Rsync?
flex.banana at bluewin.ch
Tue May 8 08:34:46 MDT 2012
Yes you must install at minumum the Command Line Tools, this will include all compiler nedded to construct the programm (gcc, make and others)
After rsync has been installed, the folder can be trashed.
The new programm is accessible in /usr/local/bin. With the which command you can find same programms installed on your machine:
which -a rsync
/usr/bin/rsync ### original 2.6.9
/usr/local/bin/rsync ### new 3.0.9
When a new release of rsync is out, simply install it with the same step:
sudo make install
On May 8, 2012, at 4:25 PM, s.noble at free.fr wrote:
> Thanks. I appreciate the help. I'd never have figured out those steps
> on my own (not a guru yet...). I was hoping to avoid completely anything from
> Apple's Developer Tools, but, apparently, this is not possible.
> Just to verify two things:
> (1) Once your instructions have been followed (leaving Apple's version of rsync
> untouched), the latest version of rsync will be installed into its own folder
> (if I've understood correctly from reading elsewhere: '/usr/local/bin/rsync')
> and, in order to run it, one has to type '/usr/local/bin/rsync' (without the
> inverted commas, of course). And to get the new man pages, you have to type
> '/usr/local/bin/rsync man'. Is this correct?
> (2) When a new version of rsync is subsequently released, how would a novice
> then update the version we just installed to the new version?
> Thanks again for your help.
> Quoting Flex Banana <flex.banana at bluewin.ch>:
>> 1. Install only Command Line Tools from Xcode (if you don't want the complete
>> 2. Download rsync-3.0.9.tar.gz from rsync.samba.org and untar it*.
>> 3. Go into the rsync folder with the Terminal (cd Downloads/rsync-3.0.9)
>> 4. Run: ./configure
>> 5. Run: make
>> 6. Run: sudo make install
>> *tar xf rsync-3.0.9.tar.gz or with the Finder
>> If you want rsync 3.0.9 replace the original (Apple-modified) 2.6.9, run step
>> 4 with the option "prefix": ./configure --prefix=/usr
>> But this is not recommended.
>> Good luck future guru
>>> Please bear with me because I'm no command-line guru. Quite the opposite.
>>> I was wondering if there existed a simple, straightforward way for a novice
>>> install the latest version of rsync (3.0.9) onto Mac OS X. After searching
>>> around the Web, I found that the following site offers such an installer --
>>> http://www.themacplace.co.uk/downloads.html --
>>> but the proposed version of rsync (3.0.6) is not quite the latest one.
>>> I'm using rsync to back up Mac boxes to a Linux box. I learnt about rsync
>>> how to use it, then got it working, only to find that Apple ships OS X with
>>> very outdated version of the programme (2.6.9), causing problems, for
>>> with extended attributes.
>>> Being a novice, I have no need to install Apple's XCode (the MacPorts
>>> on macports.org, would appear to require this, as far as I can understand),
>>> I would just like a simple way of getting the latest version of rsync up
>>> Any help anyone would be kind enough to provide would be much appreciated.
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