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Re: rsync 2.6.9-2 cannot sync file with special long filename
- From: Brian Dessent <brian at dessent dot net>
- To: cygwin at cygwin dot com
- Date: Sun, 23 Dec 2007 04:27:28 -0800
- Subject: Re: rsync 2.6.9-2 cannot sync file with special long filename
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- Reply-to: cygwin at cygwin dot com
> I assume this is a bug in rsync or bash, and I believe the colon is
> causing the trouble.
You are correct that the colon is the problem, but it is not a bug.
This is a restriction imposed by the design of Windows -- there are a
number of characters that Windows does not allow in filenames and the
colon is one of them. You can see a full specification here:
In this case, NTFS reserves the colon to denote alternate data streams.
There's nothing that rsync or Cygwin can do to change that.
> Does anyone know a workaround?
You can use a managed mount as a workaround. This causes Cygwin to
encode characters that Windows won't allow in filenames with a quoted
version. It only works for Cygwin applications, obviously, as if you
look at the filenames using a non-Cygwin application they will look like
gibberish because of the encoding. It also shortens the effective
maximum file/path length because each character that is encoded
effectively takes three characters in the real filename.
> If no - is it enough
> to post the bug here, or is there another bug reporting channel for cygwin?
This is the correct place to report problems, but again this is not a
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