rsync with 8bit file names?

Henri Shustak henri.shustak at
Thu Sep 11 16:22:26 MDT 2014


Guessing the source drive is formatted HFS+ or HFS+J. What is the file system on the destination drive? I know that rsync is capable of correctly coping over file and folder names on Mac OS X which contain non-ASCII characters. Hence my question relating to the destination file system?

The following command should provide you with an answer : 
diskutil info /Volumes/TV | grep "File System Personality" | awk -F "File System Personality:  " '{print $2}'

Maybe someone has a better way to work out the FileSystem volume which they can share? Typically there are many ways to skin a cat and that some approaches are more elegant than others.

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On 12/09/2014, at 12:36 AM, LuKreme <kremels at> wrote:

> When trying to sync my TV folder to a mirror drive, episodes with non-ASCII characters in them cannot be processed by rsync. Anything I can do about this?
> For example, I get this:
> building file list ... 
> file has vanished: "/Volumes/TV/Raising Hope/Raising Hope - S04E01 - De?\#201ja Vu Man.mkv"
> This is rsync under OS X:
> $ rsync --version
> rsync  version 2.6.9  protocol version 29
> Copyright (C) 1996-2006 by Andrew Tridgell, Wayne Davison, and others.
> <>
> Capabilities: 64-bit files, socketpairs, hard links, symlinks, batchfiles,
>              inplace, IPv6, 64-bit system inums, 64-bit internal inums
> I'd check macports, but since it's not been updated for 10.10 yet I'll need to wait a while.
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