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[Pan-users] Re: Problem syncing two copies of Pan

From: Duncan
Subject: [Pan-users] Re: Problem syncing two copies of Pan
Date: Thu, 8 Jul 2010 19:57:37 +0000 (UTC)
User-agent: Pan/0.133 (House of Butterflies; GIT a971f44 branch-testing)

Joe Zeff posted on Thu, 08 Jul 2010 10:04:45 -0700 as excerpted:

> Is there some reason it might not have copied newsrc properly?

Not in general that I know of... but there's some variability in whether 
you ran rsync as root or as a user and which one, and the permissions on 
the files and dirs, etc.

What I'd do in a case like this where there's a question about it, would 
be first a visual comparison of the file size, date, and perms (they 
should be identical if rsync is doing its job correctly), and assuming 
that comes out clean, a diff, to verify the files are identical.

The other approach I'd use would be working at it from the other 
direction, seeing what files pan is actually accessing using an strace 
session.  Of course, that often entails some pretty fancy grepping in 
addition to the appropriate strace -eopen pan, to bring the output down to 
something even approaching manageable size, without eliminating the needle 
you're looking for in the haystack.  If you work with grep enough to 
understand the implications of regex and how it interacts with the command 
line, etc, that should be enough to point you in the right direction.  
Else I can explain, but the explanation's rather involved, so I'd prefer 
to avoid it if possible.

Duncan - List replies preferred.   No HTML msgs.
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