Skipping unreadable files

Dave Saunders dave at
Mon Mar 28 21:07:04 GMT 2005

That brings up an interesting question..  So far, all of the WAN rsync's I
do use an SSH tunnel, and not the rsync daemon on the server end.  However,
while doing an rsync, I notice the "rsync --server" process running on the
source box.  Will the below flag "ignore nonreadable = true" in
/etc/rsyncd.conf still work?

I use this syntax on the receiving/initiating end:

rsync -avzpogDt --force -e "ssh -i /root/.ssh/example_key "
somehost:/backup/public /backup/somehost


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Eberhard Moenkeberg
Sent: Monday, March 28, 2005 3:54 PM
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Subject: Re: Skipping unreadable files


On Mon, 28 Mar 2005, C. P. wrote:

> Is there a way to skip unreadable files so rsync doesnt die?
> i have to rsync live filesystems and sometimes a file is open and blocked 
> (outlook.pst) and rsync says:
> rsync error: received SIGUSR1 or SIGINT (code 20) at rsync.c(229)
> instead of skipping it.
> I understand that --ignore-errors isnt what i need. I tried it anyway.

You have to do it on the server side, with

ignore nonreadable = true

in /etc/rsyncd.conf.

Cheers -e
Eberhard Moenkeberg (emoenke at, em at
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