Cygwin: No Output from Rsync

I experienced a very strange situation where rsync simply stopped working. It wouldn’t even output anything for rsync --help or even plain rsync. which showed it to be in /usr/bin/rsync as expected. A closer look revealed something odd:

$ ls -lah /usr/bin/rs*
-rwxr-xr-x 1 fitzsimj None    0 2010-01-11 13:40 /usr/bin/rsync
-rwxr-xr-x 1 fitzsimj root 349K 2010-02-19 11:20 /usr/bin/rsync.exe

I had a mysterious, empty rsync file next to rsync.exe in my /usr/bin folder. Deleting the rsync file fixed my problem. I have no idea where this came from.

About Jeff Fitzsimons

Jeff Fitzsimons is a software engineer in the California Bay Area. Technical specialties include C++, Win32, and multithreading. Personal interests include rock climbing, cycling, motorcycles, and photography.
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