rsync to a Samba/CIFS filessytem hangs

Robert Gasch rgasch at
Thu Jul 14 07:48:55 GMT 2005


I'm using rsync to backup a Linux Mandrake 10.1 (kernel 2.6.10) ext3
filesystem (+- 5GB of content, lots of little files) to a CIFS
filesystem mounted with samba 3.0.10. The exact invocation of rsync

/usr/local/bin/rsync -v -a --copy-links --delete /var/www /mnt/backup/backup_www

Using the system provided rsync 2.6.3 and a self-compiled 2.6.5 this
process runs for a while and then simply hangs. What's even worse,
when I try to kill the job, the process becomes owned by pid 1, can't
be killed anymore and thus the memory it holds doesn't get released
anymore (forcing me to reboot the machine about once a month or so).

Does anybody have any ideas as to what could be causing this? 

---> R

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