Repeated directory creation bug

Scott Webster sewebster at
Wed Oct 27 00:52:41 GMT 2004

I erased that directory in that error message
(/home/swebster/fdtdtemp/temp/examples), which contained some files.

Now rsync is copying those files to the backup directory since I
specified --backup.  Except that it already created the directory in
the --backup-dir directory (in this case "Tuesday") and seems to be
mistakenly trying to recreate the directory when copying another file
in the same directory over?  I don't really get it, but this seems the
same as the old bug, but with a modified error message.

Maybe I can try to create a test case, but this doesn't always happen,
so I might have some difficulty.  I just thought I would check to see
if anyone else had the same problem, but perhaps not...


On Tue, 26 Oct 2004 17:33:31 -0700, Wayne Davison <wayned at> wrote:
> On Tue, Oct 26, 2004 at 05:07:50PM -0700, Scott Webster wrote:
> > rsync: mkdir "/mnt/usbhd/Tuesday/home/swebster/fdtdtemp/temp/examples"
> > failed: File exists (17)
> What kind of an update is rsync trying to do when that message happens?
> I finally got that message if there was a file already backed up with
> the same name as a directory that is now being deleted.  Is that the
> scenario you're seeing?
> ..wayne..
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