Bug 12386 - Copy Loop
Summary: Copy Loop
Alias: None
Product: rsync
Classification: Unclassified
Component: core (show other bugs)
Version: 3.1.3
Hardware: All All
: P5 normal (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Wayne Davison
QA Contact: Rsync QA Contact
Depends on:
Reported: 2016-10-21 06:09 UTC by Crysanthus Silva
Modified: 2016-10-21 21:36 UTC (History)
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Description Crysanthus Silva 2016-10-21 06:09:05 UTC
If you use .* as a rsync source it will be looped until end of disk

rsync -rvhIW crp/.* rohanamobile/public/
Comment 1 Kevin Korb 2016-10-21 06:12:10 UTC
That isn't a bug you are using it wrong.  drop the .* and it will do what you expect.  There should almost never be a * in the source parameter.

Also, don't rsync without --times unless you have a really good reason.
Comment 2 Wayne Davison 2016-10-21 21:36:34 UTC
You'd probably be better served by asking about something like this on the mailing list, as there is no issue with .* concerning rsync -- this is entirely a shell issue.

In this instance you're probably using bash, which is so stupid that it expands ".*" to include "..", which is obviously not what you want.  I personally use zsh, which doesn't have this issue.

When using bash, you could instead try a "path/.??*" (if all your dot files are at least 2 chars after the dot) or something like ".[a-z]*" (though you might also need A-Z and 0-9 etc added).