Two issues were observed with distcpV2
ISSUE 1. when copying a source dir to target dir with "-pu" option using command
"distcp -pu source-dir target-dir"
The source dir's owner is not preserved at target dir. Simiarly other attributes of source dir are not preserved. Supposedly they should be preserved when no -update and no -overwrite specified.
There are two scenarios with the above command:
a. when target-dir already exists. Issuing the above command will result in target-dir/source-dir (source-dir here refers to the last component of the source-dir path in the command line) at target file system, with all contents in source-dir copied to under target-dir/src-dir. The issue in this case is, the attributes of src-dir is not preserved.
b. when target-dir doesn't exist. It will result in target-dir with all contents of source-dir copied to under target-dir. This issue in this case is, the attributes of source-dir is not carried over to target-dir.
For multiple source cases, e.g., command
"distcp -pu source-dir1 source-dir2 target-dir"
No matter whether the target-dir exists or not, the multiple sources are copied to under the target dir (target-dir is created if it didn't exist). And their attributes are preserved.
ISSUE 2. with the following command:
"distcp source-dir target-dir"
when source-dir is an empty directory, and when target-dir doesn't exist, source-dir is not copied, actually the command behaves like a no-op. However, when the source-dir is not empty, it would be copied and results in target-dir at the target file system containing a copy of source-dir's children.
To be consistent, empty source dir should be copied too. Basically the above distcp command should cause target-dir get created at target file system, and the source-dir's attributes are preserved at target-dir when -p is passed.