Rsync windows vista permissions problems

Matt McCutchen matt at
Thu Feb 14 18:18:27 GMT 2008


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On Thu, 2008-02-14 at 15:41 +0000, U. Haile wrote:
> One problem:
> - rsync does not backup open files. If outlook.pst is open, then the
> backup fails.
> Is there any way of backing up open files, or of issuing a command to
> run a program that will close these files?

Use Windows's feature to create a "shadow copy" (i.e., a read-only
snapshot) of the source drive and then have rsync copy the shadow copy's
files (which aren't open).  The following cwRsync FAQ entry explains how
to do it:

For more information, search the Web for "rsync shadow copy".


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