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and subject line Re: Bug#426191: rsync: description of --append confusing
has caused the Debian Bug report #426191,
regarding rsync: description of --append confusing
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Package: rsync
Version: 2.6.9-3
Severity: minor


The --append switch is documented as (among other things):

   "Only files on the receiving side that are shorter than the corre‐
   sponding file on the sending side (as well as new files) are sent."

However, in my experience, I found that even files of the same size and
larger ones are being "sent" (rsync -a --append), with "sent" meaning that
rsync will recreate them at the destination. (Which to me is the desired
property).

The documentation sounds as if files will not be transferred ("sent")
unless they are larger, but this seems not to be the case (and makes
little sense to me, but this doesn't mean it should be the case :).

So either the documentation is wrong or the implementation, or the wording
is extremely confusing (to me), as it is not clear what "sent" means other
than recreating the file.

-- System Information:
Debian Release: 4.0
  APT prefers unstable
  APT policy: (500, 'unstable'), (500, 'testing'), (500, 'stable'), (1, 
'experimental')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)
Shell:  /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash
Kernel: Linux 2.6.20.1
Locale: LANG=C, LC_CTYPE=de_DE.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)

Versions of packages rsync depends on:
ii  libacl1                       2.2.42-1   Access control list shared library
hi  libc6                         2.5-7      GNU C Library: Shared libraries
ii  libpopt0                      1.10-3     lib for parsing cmdline parameters
ii  lsb-base                      3.1-23     Linux Standard Base 3.1 init scrip

rsync recommends no packages.

-- no debconf information


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On Sun 27 May 2007, Marc Lehmann wrote:
> 
> The --append switch is documented as (among other things):
> 
>    "Only files on the receiving side that are shorter than the corre‐
>    sponding file on the sending side (as well as new files) are sent."

The description of the --append option has been changed a lot in the
meantime, I consider it to be quite clear in its meaning now.
Hence I'm now closing this bug report.


Thanks,
Paul

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