Bug 8273 - -a doesn't do -HAX
Summary: -a doesn't do -HAX
Alias: None
Product: rsync
Classification: Unclassified
Component: core (show other bugs)
Version: 3.1.0
Hardware: All All
: P5 enhancement (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Wayne Davison
QA Contact: Rsync QA Contact
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Reported: 2011-06-27 23:43 UTC by Dave Yost
Modified: 2011-09-03 22:38 UTC (History)
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Description Dave Yost 2011-06-27 23:43:42 UTC
It would be nice if -a did everything imaginable to make the destination be like the source, but for some reason it doesn't, and now it's too late to change it.

So there should be a new argument, perhaps --all) that means -aHAX and furthermore means that if some other metadata comes along that needs to be copied, it will be subsumed under this same all-encompassing --all option argument.
Comment 1 Wayne Davison 2011-09-03 22:38:17 UTC
Thanks.  I'm considering adding the --all option.

Note that you can decide that you want your local rsync to treat -a as -aHAX, or add your own --all option via a popt alias in either the global file (/etc/popt) or your local file (~/.popt).  Here's the --all option:

rsync alias --all -aHAX

And here's an override of -a:

rsync alias -a -aHAX