problem with the delete option

Manuel Kissoyan manuelk at
Mon Jan 29 18:39:30 GMT 2007

Hi Wayne,

any idea what more i could do to know what is going on?

Thanx in advance!

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Manuel Kissoyan" <manuelk at>
To: "Wayne Davison" <wayned at>
Cc: "rsync list" <rsync at>
Sent: Saturday, January 27, 2007 2:32 PM
Subject: Re: problem with the delete option

> ok, this going more complicated....
> In the sending side do not exists a directory called "piusfont", in the 
> receving side yes...
> there are no entries with this directory name, no 
> "delete_in_dir(DIRECTORY)" or "make_file()", what next?
> btw, dunno if this have something to do but im running the rsync through 
> the backup server so the backup server is the receiving side and the other 
> server is the sending side, so basically the backup server is running 
> rsync to pull the data.
> I also did find something with another user account that it is in the 
> backup server but not anymore in the other server:
> delete_in_dir(home/iccdom/public_html/administrator)
> This was in the logs in example but rsync havent deleted it from the 
> backup server.
> Thank you!
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Wayne Davison" <wayned at>
> To: "Manuel Kissoyan" <manuelk at>
> Cc: "rsync list" <rsync at>
> Sent: Friday, January 26, 2007 12:36 PM
> Subject: Re: problem with the delete option
>> On Mon, Jan 22, 2007 at 08:18:52PM -0300, Manuel Kissoyan wrote:
>>> ok, i did add the -vv and it simply not running any delete command, the
>>> only thing close to that is lines like this:
>> You need a third -v to see mentions of where rsync is deleting.  It will
>> say "delete_in_dir(DIRECTORY)" for every directory whose contents is
>> being transferred.  You should also look for the make_file() calls from
>> the generator, which is the directory reading on the sending side that
>> is used for deletions.  If you see a message about a file being
>> protected, that indicates that your exclude options have ensured that
>> that particular file cannot be deleted.
>>> so basicaly rsync is not deleting the files that are not there in the
>>> sending side.
>> If you weren't using --files-from, I would have said that you were being
>> bitten by this bug:
>>  - Fixed a recent bug where --delete was not working when transferring
>>    from the root (/) of the filesystem with --relative enabled.
>> With the --files-from option, I can't duplicate your problem, so it is
>> probably a case of you expecting rsync to delete in a directory that it
>> is not sending or your not expecting an exclude to protect a file from
>> deletion.  If not, please let us know what you discover.
>> ..wayne..
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