rsync backup hangs at boot

John Griessen john_g at
Mon May 20 10:14:09 EST 2002

rsync seems to work fine copying from the running system.   Files match as 
far as a random check.      I've been hoping to simplify life by rsyncing 
from the running system to have a bootable backup.    Most conversations on 
the list suggest this is easy, and I've gotten it to happen, and now I've 
forgotten to do some detail....   ( /etc/fstab is corrected to refer to the 
device name of the drive that is booted by grub)

here is my output and rsync script:

from dmesg:
everything was fine until 
autodetecting RAID arrays
autorun ...
... autorun DONE.
NET4: Linux TCP/IP 1.0 for NET4.0
IP Protocols: ICMP, UDP, TCP, IGMP
IP: routing cache hash table of 1024 buckets, 8Kbytes
TCP: Hash tables configured (established 8192 bind 8192)
NET4: Unix domain sockets 1.0/SMP for Linux NET4.0.
ds: no socket drivers loaded!
VFS: Mounted root (ext2 filesystem) readonly.
Freeing unused kernel memory: 236k freed
Warning: unable to open an initial console
hub.c: USB new device connect on bus2/2, assigned device number 2
hub.c: USB hub found
hub.c: 4 ports detected

script that runs rsync to a partition or disk mounted on /safety
if [ -d "/safety/proc" ]
   then echo " "
   mkdir /safety/proc

/opk/bin/rsync -acHv --delete \
--exclude "/download" \
--exclude "/proc/" \
--exclude "/var/spool/cups/" \
--exclude "/seconddisk" \
--exclude "/safety" \
--exclude "/safety2" \
--exclude "/etc/fstab" \
--exclude "/etc/mtab" \
/ /safety

if [ -f "/etc/fstab" ]
   then echo " "
echo "No /etc/fstab"
cp /etc/fstab /safety/etc

if [ -f "/etc/mtab" ]
   then echo " "
echo "No /etc/mtab"
cp /etc/mtab /safety/etc

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