directories that change into symlinks

Eric Whiting ewhiting at
Sat Jan 4 15:33:01 EST 2003

I have observed this same problem.  Are you running --delete-after? I
assumed it might be related to that option.

David Garamond wrote:
> our daily backup is done using the rdiff-backup tool, which in turn
> utilizes rsync/librsync to do the actual mirroring work.
> a few days ago we did a refactoring and renamed a bunch of directories.
> for backward compatibility we maintain the old names by symlinking it to
> the new names. so, for example, oldname1/ now becomes newname1/, and
> oldname1 is now a symlink to newname1/.
> we found that now the mirroring cannot complete. rsync doesn't seem to
> be able to handle this. it tries to do an rmdir(oldname1) followed by
> symlink(newname1,oldname1). however, since the directory oldname1/ in
> the old mirror is not empty, rmdir fails with "Directory not empty" and
> thus symlink fails too with "File exists" (since oldname1 has not been
> deleted yet).
> any pointers? we looked at the available rsync options but have found no
> clue yet.
> --
> dave
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