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Re: colons with rsync

On Wed, 11 Jun 2003, Ben Smith wrote:

> I am trying to rsync from a SCO box to a Windows 2000 server as a
> (temporary) backup while I build a more suitable Linux backup server.
> Rsync on SCO reports errors such as the following:
> rsync: recv_generator: mkdir
> "var/opt/K/SCO/MMDF/2.43.3b/spool/mail/:saved": No such file or
> directory (2)
> stat var/opt/K/SCO/MMDF/2.43.3b/spool/mail/:saved : No such file or
> directory
> I know this has to do with the colons in the directory/file names.  All
> of the files that have this error have colons in the path somewhere.
> They are both a recent version, 2.5.6  protocol version 26.  I guess
> another snafu is that my cygwin install is very basic, cygwin-lite with
> ssh and rsync.
> Does rsync convert between Windows/Unix filenames automatically in
> instances such as this?  Is there a way to use cygpath to get around
> this limitation?  Thanks in advance for your help.
> -Ben Smith


Windows filenames cannot contain ':', so there is no way around this
limitation in Cygwin, since it uses Windows filenames.

I did manage to create a file called ':saved' (on NTFS).  It didn't show
up in directory listings (simple 'ls'), but did in an explicit 'ls
:saved'.  I also could write to it and read from it, so I'm not sure
exactly where or how the file was created ('mv :saved ./Zsaved' said "mv:
cannot move `:saved' to a subdirectory of itself, `./Zsaved'", so I'm
guessing Win2k got pretty confused).  'rm :saved' worked, though.
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