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Old 05-17-2015, 03:21 AM   #1
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Cygwin Rsync script copying file incorrectly

I am trying to write a simple test script that executes a single rsync call. Once I get the syntax right, the script will be expanded to incorporate several rsync instructions to save me time.

I'm using a Cygwin Terminal on Windows 7 to run Rsync.

The script is called "backup" and I call it from the cygwin terminal using "./backup". Have used chmod to make it executable.

When I execute the rsync instruction as a standalone instruction at terminal prompt, the file copies to the target folder perfectly.

However, when I try and drop the same instruction into a script, it copies the file over from it's original file name "" to a file with the name "." -- literally a single period. I can rename the file to a .mov file and it works fine but naturally, I don't want to have to do this.

The one other thing I will mention is that the file is located in the /home/"username" directory in cygwin vs /bin. But I would not think that this would make a difference.

I have pasted the contents of the script file below:
    rsync.exe -rltDvP --exclude "System Volume Information" --exclude
 "RECYCLER" --exclude=\$RECYCLE.BIN --delete "/cygdrive/c/users/<USERNAME>
/desktop/" "/cygdrive/c/users/<USERNAME>/desktop/test/"
Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Old 05-17-2015, 05:15 AM   #2
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I'm using a Cygwin Terminal on Windows 7 to run Rsync.
Just be aware that Cygwin, like busybox, is unlikely to be a complete implementation of all of rsync's many features. You therefore have to read up, or better, I certainly found this to be the case with grep, which I explored recently enough in Cygwin.


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