Rsync Error Code 23?

earl.j.sanchez at earl.j.sanchez at
Wed Aug 27 17:45:24 GMT 2008

Thank you for your response Matt.
On the source server, "/snapshots/fs/tce_data/pc-software/pc" is a symlink
to the directory "/snapshots/fs/tce_data/pc".

On the destination server,
"/drp/fmttcesrv1/snapshots/fs/tce_data/pc-software" is a directory which
contains the partial content of "/drp/fmttcesrv1/snapshots/fs/tce_data/pc".
rmdir cannot remove "/drp/fmttcesrv1/snapshots/fs/tce_data/pc-software"
which is not empty as it contains partial content from
"/drp/fmttcesrv1/snapshots/fs/tce_data/pc". See below directory structure.

drpvault# pwd
drpvault# ls
client_logs         ItemValRequest      pc-software         tcdata_unx
fmtprd              lost+found          pc-software.README  tcdata_win
imandata_unx        mcad                PdfCreateRequest    team
imandata_win        pc                  software            trans
drpvault# ls -l pc-software
total 4
drwxr-xr-x   3 ideasadm ideasadm     512 Jun 14  2006 pc-software
lrwxrwxrwx   1 ideasadm ideasadm      14 Nov  5  2007 team ->
drpvault# ls -l pc
total 6
lrwxrwxrwx   1 ideasadm ideasadm       7 Nov  5  2007 mcad -> ../mcad
drwxrwxrwx  11 ideasadm ideasadm     512 Apr  4 16:27 pc-software
lrwxrwxrwx   1 ideasadm ideasadm       7 Nov  5  2007 team -> ../team

             Matt McCutchen                                                
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             08/26/2008 08:02          Re: Rsync Error Code 23?            

On Tue, 2008-08-26 at 16:29 -0700, earl.j.sanchez at wrote:
> Regarding "rsync error code 23" could the below "delete_file: ...file
> exist" failures cause the error code 23? Or, how can I resolve this as
> these are the only errors I see in the log files.
> Thank you!
> START  Tue Aug 26 11:10:12 PDT 2008
> /home/filerep/bin/rsync -e /var/openssh/bin/ssh --archive --stats
> --timeout 3600
>  fmttcesrv1::tce_data /drp/fmttcesrv1/snapshots/fs/tce_data
> --bwlimit=900
> delete_file: rmdir "/drp/fmttcesrv1/snapshots/fs/tce_data/pc-software"
> failed: F
> ile exists
> symlink "/drp/fmttcesrv1/snapshots/fs/tce_data/pc-software" -> "pc"
> failed: File
>  exists

In this case I think it's actually the "symlink" failure causing the
code 23.  "delete_file" failures currently don't cause code 23, but they
probably should because they result in an incorrect transfer.

Rsync appears to be trying to delete what it believes is a directory
from the destination and make a symlink there instead.  However, its
rmdir call fails with EEXIST (File exists), which isn't even listed as a
possible error in my rmdir(2) man page.  What is at the
path /drp/fmttcesrv1/snapshots/fs/tce_data/pc-software ?  Is it a
directory, as rsync believes?  Can you remove the directory manually
with rmdir(1)?  If you can't, you have a non-rsync-specific filesystem
problem, while if you can, we'll have to investigate further why rsync
is failing.

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