https://bugzilla.samba.org/show_bug.cgi?id=5442

Summary: setting times to symlinks which do not point to existing
files causes error reports
Product: rsync
Version: 3.0.3
Platform: All
OS/Version: Mac OS X
Status: NEW
Severity: normal
Priority: P3
Component: core
AssignedTo: wayned@samba.org
ReportedBy: ij.list@gmail.com
QAContact: rsync-qa@samba.org


When changing times on a symlink in Mac OS X, the system actually sets the
times on the symlink destination file. If the destination file does not exist,
syscall returns error.

This behaviour causes rsync to report many "failed to set times on" errors when
source/destination directories contain symlinks which do not point to existing
files. It would be nice if (on Mac OS X only) setting of times to symlinks
would be appropriately guarded or not executed at all since it does not behave
correctly.


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