Rsync deletes too much?

Marco Nicosia marco at
Mon Oct 13 17:14:07 EST 2003

Yes, that was it. I'd forgotten that /usr was a separately mounted FS.

Thank you.

-- Marco

John Van Essen (vanes002 at wrote: 
> On Sun, 12 Oct 2003, Marco Nicosia <marco at> wrote:
> >
> >Hello. I'm having a problem using rsync to copy my root partition to a
> >new disk. This disk has a previous copy on it, and rsync seems determined
> >to (unnecessarily) delete files from it. Worse, despite the fact that the
> >files DO exist on the source, it does not update the destination, leaving
> >me with less than I had before?!
> >
> >Here's my usage:
> >
> >] server# /usr/local/bin/rsync -naxv --delete --progress --stats --exclude '/dev/' --exclude '/tmp/' --exclude '/usr/var/tmp/' --exclude '/usr/var/run/' / /tmp/bkup/ | grep -c deleting
> >] 105668
> You are using -x, which will not include the contents of any mounted
> partitions.  105,668 deletes and no update of the destination makes me
> think that /usr on the source is a mounted partition, which would
> explain both symptoms.
> -- 
>         John Van Essen  Univ of MN Alumnus  <vanes002 at>
Marco E. Nicosia  |  |  marco at

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