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Re: rsync - convert illegal characters in paths


I am sorry for hijacking this thread, but I have a related problem:

* On Wed, Dec 16, 2009 at 07:31:25AM +0000 Andy Koppe wrote:
> 2009/12/16 chaos215bar2:
> >
> > I'm attempting to use rsync to backup from Linux to Windows. This is mostly
> > working, except that paths with characters that are not legal in NTFS (< > :
> > " / \ | ? *) are not copied because rsync fails to create files and
> > directories with names containing these characters.
> Those characters are supported in Cygwin 1.7.

Personally, I have this problem with the colon sign (":"). This is used
in maildir format, for example.

Trying to rsync a maildir folder with rsync always fails for me, as on
Linux, the generated filename contains a colon sign. On Windows, NTFS
interprets the colon as indicator for an alternative data stream (ADS),
thus, the resulting file has length 0 (and all the data is in the ADS).

Is there an option to make sure the colon is converted into another
character? As far as I understand it, --iconv does not help me as I do
not want to translate between differing charsets.

Can anyone shed any light on this?

Oh, I am using Cygwin 1.5.

Best regards,

Spiro R. Trikaliotis                               

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