rsync parameters errors

Volker Kuhlmann hidden at
Thu Jan 24 15:58:11 MST 2013

On Fri 25 Jan 2013 00:08:52 NZDT +1300, Joe wrote:

> In my new bash script, I'm doing what I think is a very simple rsync
> command the way I'm used to doing it.  I just do a lot of setup and
> checking before I get to it.
> When I run it, it gets very unhappy with me.  It's probably something
> very simple.

Your problem is with shell programming, not rsync, but that is
frequently a requirement with rsync because of its stellar argument

> ##COMMAND="rsync ${DRY_RUN} -avushi ${DELETE} --stats --progress
> --log-file=\"${LOGFILE1}\" \"${MOUNT_POINT[0]}/${DIRECTORY[0]}/\"


Do yourself a favour and increase the legibility and coding standard of
your programs no end by using array variables that hold argument lists
only but no commands, and preferably no arguments that need a path name.
Like this

      #--log-file=  # don't do this, you will be paying for it



Make it a rule to always program in a way that allows spaces in every
argument. Anything going belly-up with a space in a file name is plain

Then run your commands

  rsync "${rsyncargs[@]}" --log-file="$LOGFILE" | tee "${logargs[@]}"

You could set LOGFILE to /dev/null if desirable.

Avoid having to eval huge strings, it's always risky and almost always
bad, and avoid putting variables that need to be expanded later into
argument lists held by other variables. That way you solve all your
problems with when "|" is expanded, having to quote variables containing
paths twice and so on, and your code stays legible and maintainable.

If you need progress logging, I've found this to be easy, safe and
effective (at the cost of a bit of performance - which you're not caring
about as you're using bash):

  Log() {
      if [ -n "$logging" ]; then
	  set -x

  Log yourcommand

Don't bother trying to be compatible with other *sh-type shells on other
*nix systems, trying to get any use out of such retarded constructs only
leads to mental illness.



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