grsync (rsync) usage question

Smoot Carl-Mitchell smoot at
Sat Sep 29 03:25:33 UTC 2007

On Fri, 2007-09-28 at 13:15 -0500, Default User wrote:
> One of the "advanced" options in Grsync (gui for rsync) is to "copy
> symlinks as symlinks", which is apparently not the default. Well, why
> not?  Shouldn't that be the default?
> When backing up, when would one NOT want to "copy symlinks as
> symlinks" (rather than the file a symlink "points to" instead)? 

The -a (archive) options turns on the -l option among other options. I
usually use rsync using:

rsync -az

which is equivalent to:

rsync -rlptgoD

It is odd the GUI frontend does not turn on -l by default, since you can
easily get into recursive symlink loops with it off.
Smoot Carl-Mitchell
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