rsync question

Karl Auer kauer at
Sun Nov 2 22:09:07 UTC 2014

On Sun, 2014-11-02 at 20:55 +0000, R Kimber wrote:
> >    rsync .... 2>&1 | grep -v "ignoring unsafe symlink"
> But if I do [ $? -ne 0 ] is it rsync or grep that returns the value?

Both return a value, but it is grep's that will be placed in $?. $?
"expands to the exit status of the most recently executed foreground

If you want to check rsync's return value instead (or as well) you will
have to execute the two parts separately:

rsync ... > $TEMPFILE 2>&1
grep ... $TEMPFILE > /dev/null 2>&1
( things with $RSYNCVAL and $GREPVAL...))

Regards, K.

Karl Auer (kauer at

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