Migration Assistant doesn't migrate empty directories in /usr/local

Number:rdar://20446896 Date Originated:07-Apr-2015 11:27 AM
Status:Closed Resolved:Fixed
Product:OS X Product Version:10.10
Classification:Crash/Hang/Data Loss Reproducible:Always
When migrating from a Time Machine Backup to a new Mac with the Migration Assistent, empty directories are not recreated on the new Mac. This makes some applications (in particular PostgreSQL) which expect those directories to be present fail after the migration.

This corrupts the database if could lead to dataloss if the user doesn’t recognize they have to restore those empty directories to fix the database. 

Steps to Reproduce:
* Install postgres sql via homebrew https://wiki.postgresql.org/wiki/Homebrew
* create database as instructed in /usr/local/var/postgres
* observer postgresql server starting up correctly
* create Time Machine Backup of the Mac
* restore Time Machine Backup to a new Mac with Migration Assistant

Expected Results:
* Database server starting up successfully after migration

Actual Results:
* Database server not starting because auf missing directories, which were on the old Mac but aren’t created when restoring the backup

don’t now

Many others are running into that issue, including when upgrading from another OSX Version to Yosemite.
E.g http://stackoverflow.com/questions/25970132/pg-tblspc-missing-after-installation-of-os-x-yosemite


Apple Developer Relations

09-Jun-2015 09:54 PM

We believe this issue has been addressed in the latest OS X v10.11 Developer beta. This is a pre-release OS X v10.11 update.

Please refer to the release notes for complete installation instructions.

Please test with this release. If you still have issues, please include any relevant logs or information that could help us investigate.

OS X El Capitan https://developer.apple.com/osx/download/

By dieter.komendera at July 27, 2015, 1:03 p.m. (reply...)

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