Deleted symlinks when receiveing files with the same name

Gionatan Danti g.danti at
Mon Mar 21 09:59:27 UTC 2016

Hi all,
anyone with some ideas? I am missing something?


On 16/03/2016 16:30, Gionatan Danti wrote:
> Hi list,
> I would like to know if the following rsync's behavior can be
> changed/modified.
> I noticed that when rsync receive a file for which the local filesystem
> already has a symlinks with the same path/name, it _first_ delete the
> symlink, _then_ it start the transfer.
> I think there are two problems with this approach:
> - it completely ignores the content of the symlinked files, which can be
> used to speedup the transfer;
> - if the transfer goes interruped/stopped, the receiving side remains
> without the symlink and without the to-be-received file. In other words,
> a file "seems" lost.
> I did some test with the verious delete-after (and similar) options, but
> they do not change anything.
> I am missing something?
> Thanks.

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