Would you expect --perms -M--fake-super to set the file mode to the original one?

Dimitrios Apostolou jimis at gmx.net
Thu Mar 12 16:46:21 UTC 2020

rsync --perms -M--fake-super src dst

For me, this command means that rsync should save the original perms in the
xattr, and leave the real file mode to the umask default. Currently it also
modifies the real file mode, and there is no way to store something 
in the xattr.

According to an old bug report that I found, more people would like 
--fake-super to be a complete attribute emulation layer.


Do you agree? I'm in the process of implementing this as a bug fix to 
and would like to know if everybody agrees with this behaviour. The patch
would also modify the man page to document it under --perms.


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