Direction (rsync manpage)

Matthias Schniedermeyer ms at
Tue Apr 16 02:01:39 MDT 2013

On 15.04.2013 23:19, Kevin Korb wrote:
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> I hate to say it but I agree with you to an extent. Since rsync
> doesn't upload and download it is ridiculous to differentiate between
> the two.  Also, since rsync allows either the source or target to be
> remote it could be doing either uploading or downloading but will
> never do both.
> Therefore rsync should never output both a > and a < within the same
> outpout.  Therefore, it is really using a symbol for "I transmitted a
> file".  The fact that it uses an arrow-looking symbol for that is not
> really important.  The fact that it can use 2 different chars for that
> notation is also not really relevant since it would never use both of
> them in the same session.
> So, The < and > chars mean "I uploaded" or "I downloaded" but if you
> replaced them both with the same "I transferred" char the output
> wouldn't change much.

I guess the origin lies in daemon-mode, there the transfer direction
can be different in different calls.

That would also explain why the symbols are "switched", the transfer 
direction fromt he view of the server-side is the exact opposite of the 

> On 04/15/13 23:10, Plato wrote:
> > Hello,
> > 
> > In the rsync manpage I read: A < means that a file is being
> > transferred to the remote host (sent). and A > means that a file is
> > being transferred to the local host (received). In my experience it
> > is just the other way around: A ">" means form source, the local
> > host, to destination, the remote host. Also being transferred to
> > the remote host / ohter harddisk / destination field DEST or am I
> > missing something?
> > 
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