Rsync temporary file name

Gionatan Danti g.danti at
Wed Mar 16 15:17:07 UTC 2016

Hi list,
I have some questions on how rsync names the temporary files it create 
during a file transfer.

It is my understanding that temporary files are name .<filename>.ABCDEF, 
where "ABCDEF" is a random 6-chars alphanumeric string.

First question: it is correct to say that the random aphanumeric string 
is _always_ 6 chars long?

Second question: it is possibile to define a specific, non-random 
string? I read what rsync's manpage says about suffixes, but they seems 
to affect only backupped files.


Danti Gionatan
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