Bug 12820 - rsync always try change owner and group of symlink in --fake-super mode
rsync always try change owner and group of symlink in --fake-super mode
Status: NEW
Product: rsync
Classification: Unclassified
Component: core
All All
: P5 normal
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Assigned To: Wayne Davison
Rsync QA Contact
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Reported: 2017-06-05 21:32 UTC by Pavel Alexeev
Modified: 2017-06-05 21:32 UTC (History)
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Description Pavel Alexeev 2017-06-05 21:32:04 UTC

I long time discover strange to me behavior. If I add --fake-super
option on both sides rsync start always set owner and group of symlink.
What interesting there no error, but it done each time as it has been

Simple reproduce:
$ mkdir rsync.symlinks
$ echo 'file content' > rsync.symlinks/file.itself
$ ln -s file.itself rsync.symlinks/file.symlink

Then try to transfer it on remote host:
$ rsync -apr --links --itemize-changes --fake-super -M--fake-super
rsync.symlinks [hidden email]:~/temp/rsync.symlinks
cd+++++++++ rsync.symlinks/
<f+++++++++ rsync.symlinks/file.itself
cL+++++++++ rsync.symlinks/file.symlink -> file.itself

And again:
.L....og... rsync.symlinks/file.symlink -> file.itself

I had tried use --rsync-path="rsync --fake-super" instead of
-M--fake-super what unsurprisingly give me same result:
$ rsync -apr --links --itemize-changes --fake-super --rsync-path="rsync
--fake-super" rsync.symlinks
[hidden email]:~/temp/rsync.symlinks
.L....og... rsync.symlinks/file.symlink -> file.itself

Please note all symlinks correct:
$ LANG=en_US.utf-8 ls -l rsync.symlinks
total 4
-rw-rw-r--. 1 pasha pasha 13 Oct 11 06:10 file.itself
lrwxrwxrwx. 1 pasha pasha 11 Oct 11 06:11 file.symlink -> file.itself

$ cat rsync.symlinks/file.symlink
file content

It also correct on receiver side.

P.S. Asked long time ago in ML - http://samba.2283325.n4.nabble.com/rsync-always-try-change-owner-and-group-of-symlink-in-fake-super-mode-td4692664.html