Missing directory errors not ignored

Axel Kittenberger axkibe at gmail.com
Mon Feb 6 16:01:56 UTC 2017

Dear rsync-list,

I got following issue demonstrated by this script:
$ mkdir -p src/a trg/a
$ echo "/a/b/c" > list
$ /usr/bin/rsync -slt --ignore-errors --force --ignore-missing-args
--delete-missing-args --files-from=list src localhost:`pwd`/trg
file has vanished: "/home/axel/src/a/b"
ABORTING due to invalid path from sender: a/b/c
rsync error: protocol incompatibility (code 2) at generator.c(1270)
$ echo $?
$ /usr/local/bin/rsync --version
rsync  version 3.1.2  protocol version 31
Copyright (C) 1996-2015 by Andrew Tridgell, Wayne Davison, and others.
Web site: http://rsync.samba.org/
    64-bit files, 64-bit inums, 64-bit timestamps, 64-bit long ints,
    socketpairs, hardlinks, symlinks, IPv6, batchfiles, inplace,
    append, no ACLs, xattrs, iconv, symtimes, prealloc

rsync comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY.  This is free software, and you
are welcome to redistribute it under certain conditions.  See the GNU
General Public Licence for details.

What I expected would be rather a warning about the missing directory and
exitcode of 24 (partial transfer), Also I'd exepct rsync to continue beyond
the entry in the list that has no directory instead of aborting here. Both
happens properly if the target is local instead of ssh transfer.

Looking at the code in generator.c this could be workarounded by providing
"-r", since it's in an if (inc_recurse ... ), but then it would sync more
than only files specified in the list.

Did I overlook an option to ignore these errors or is this something with

Kind regards, Axel

PS: Not providing the non existing path in the 'list' file is not an
option, since this is actually a way the live syncing daemon Lsyncd calls
rsync and as the daemon always lags behind the filesystem actions, the
directory which was there a second ago, might be gone when it comes to the
call of rsync.
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