Rsync and opened files

Stephen Zemlicka stevezemlicka at
Wed Sep 26 02:14:05 GMT 2007

This doesn't help with linux but a gentleman named Elias added vss
capabilities to rsync.  However, the version is a bit old (I think 2.6 or
around there).  As soon as 3 is out, I may try to go through it line by line
and add it into 3.  Otherwise, check out microsoft's vss sdk.  There's a bit
of scripting but it should allow you to backup open files.  Plus, services
like sql and exchange that are vss aware.

Stephen Zemlicka
Integrated Computer Technologies
PH. 608-558-5926
E-Mail stevezemlicka at 
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Egoitz Aurrekoetxea
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Subject: Rsync and opened files 


I'm trying to determine if rsync is a sure method of backing up servers
(Linux and Windows) whose files are constantly being accesed and are not
able to be stoped they're services for backing up purposes... I would use it
over ssh for making incremental backups... in my tests seem to always have
worked backing up from a debian server to the copy server that runs debian
too...  I'm using the next :

OPTS="--force --ignore-errors --delete --backup
--backup-dir=/home/ramattack/pruebas-rsync/$BACKUPDIRMES/$dia -avz"

rsync $OPTS $BDIR /home/ramattack/pruebas-rsync/$BACKUPDIRMES/imagen-copia

BDIR is source I want to backup and /home/ramattack/pruebas-rsync....... is
the destination...

could this copy correctly opened files? Normally I will use it for backing
up linux machines normally... and the backup server will be of course a
linux machine (debian machine). but how does it behave with linux machines?

P.D. I have googled and searched over there but all posts I've find are
old... and I wanted to have a recent answer.

Thanks a lot mates!!!

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