rsync update mixed environment

David Benfell benfell at
Tue Apr 12 07:04:14 UTC 2016

Hi all,

I'm used to rsync from Linux, where one can do rsync -auvz to update the
files from one directory to another between networked systems.

The z option gave me trouble in FreeBSD but I guess you can do zz
instead. I guess I missed a memo on whatever is going on with this.

Either way, updates don't seem to happen reliably when I do this from a
Linux system to a FreeBSD system. The failure is silent; it just doesn't
seem to recognize that a file in the source is newer than the version in
the destination. And then I wonder why an updated file didn't propagate.

The systems involved are:

FreeBSD 10.3-STABLE FreeBSD 10.3-STABLE #0
r297605: Tue Apr  5 20:48:34 PDT 2016    
root at  amd64


Linux home-sabayon 4.4.0-sabayon #1 SMP Fri Mar 18 21:29:28 UTC 2016
x86_64 AMD A10-7700K Radeon R7, 10 Compute Cores 4C+6G AuthenticAMD

Both are pretty close to up-to-date.

I'm pretty desperate for this to work and work reliably. How can I make
it so?


David Benfell, Ph.D.
benfell at

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