rsync as a backup solution

Dave Dykstra dwd at
Mon May 6 14:12:04 EST 2002

Rsync shouldn't exit completely in that situation, is that what you're
saying it did?  I do expect that it would fail to copy files that
are in the process of being modified as they're copied, but it should
continue on to the rest.

- Dave

On Mon, May 06, 2002 at 10:22:12AM -0500, John Madden wrote:
> I'd suggest you proceed with caution.  I had implemented rsync as a backup
> solution until I found out that it dies if you try to backup files that
> get moved.  (So if a user moves/deletes a file while your backup is
> running, it'll fail.)
> It is, however, great for static files.
> > I would like to get some opinions on a backup method using rsync.  I
> > already have a script written to mirror the data over to a backup
> > script from a cron that is run every night.  I've also been tempted to
> > use the "--delete" option to keep everything up to date on the backup
> > server.  However, this is probably a bad idea in the event my data is
> > deleted from the "/home" directory (just as an example) before the cron
> > runs.  When the cron runs and this isn't noticed before hand, the
> > "/home" directory on the backup server will probably be whiped out as
> > well, correct?  So, do all you that use rsync as a backup method not
> > use the "--delete" option, or do you keep maybe a separate weekly
> > backup safe somewhere else.  Of course, we do have our data center
> > making tape backups of the backup server as well, but let's assume we
> > didn't.  Thank you!
> -- 
> John Madden
> UNIX Systems Engineer
> Ivy Tech State College
> jmadden at
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