Question regarding exclude and invalid arg messages

jw schultz jw at
Mon Jun 30 18:43:31 EST 2003

On Mon, Jun 30, 2003 at 09:42:57AM +0200, Morten Primdahl wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm running rsync 2.5.6. I use it to backup a RH 7.3 file server 
> (samba+appletalk) to a FAT32 external HD. I get the following output:

Huh?  What in the world are you doing?  That description
sounds very strange.

I presume the RH box is the source, what is the rsync
destination box, how does samba+appletalk get involved for a

> .1e6prS failed: Invalid argumentsp_ind/Emails ind/.Icon
> .fJ98aa failed: Invalid argumentsp_ud/Emails ud/.Icon
> .qLRVCT failed: Invalid argumentkt/02_Tegninger/planer/ai/.Icon
> .zM65uw failed: Invalid argumentkt/02_Tegninger/planer/fmz/.Icon

The above messages are garbage.  Incomplete.

> mkstemp 2001_12_Villa_OpNed/01_Korrespondance ind/01 
> Bygherre/Emails/.<None>.1.1.8sX6No failed: Invalid argument

This makes little sense.  Are you sure you ran configure?
One other thing. Don't allow line-wrapping of error

> ...
> ...
> What exactly constitutes the bad argument here? I'd guess the
> dot-folder.

What "dot-folder"?  If you are talking about the garbage
lines and .Icon is a folder i know it isn't mkstemp that is
the problem but there is no telling what is.

> Related question, I tried to use the same file for --exclude-from as I
> use with tar -X, and incidentally it appeared to work. I only keep some
> directory names in there, eg.
> .AppleDouble
> Temporary Items
> These are directories created by the client machines and rsync does not
> copy them to the destination. I tried to add .Icon in there and that did
> not work as expected (I still get the above error messages). Any idea
> why it would work for .AppleDouble but not .Icon? I know that it's
> "luck" that the same exclude file works and that I should try and use
> rsync exclude rules, but that doesn't explain .AppleDouble vs. .Icon.
> Thanks for any enlightenment,

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