How to avoid loosing rsync temp/partial files

Matt McCutchen matt at
Sun Dec 30 18:49:10 GMT 2007

On Sun, 2007-12-30 at 12:46 +0200, Shushu Inbar שושו ענבר wrote:
> My problem is that when I have proper permissions in the partial dir,
> but no permissions in the destination dir, it means that the rsync
> deletes the original files, and after failing to copy the files
> from /tmp to the destination - it deletes the files from there as
> well... 

Yes, the premature deletion of the source files ought to be fixed.  The
trouble is that the receiver is sending MSG_SUCCESS as soon as the data
transfer is complete, regardless of the result of the finish_transfer
call (which, among other things, moves the temporary file into place).
The receiver shouldn't send MSG_SUCCESS until after finish_transfer
succeeds.  If it fails, I'm not sure what message (if any) should be
sent to indicate that the file transfer failed but shouldn't be redone.


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