rsync + cifs problem

Christian Pinedo christian.pinedo at
Thu Nov 20 10:31:04 GMT 2008

I finally have installed cygwin in the windows 2003 machine with rsync,
ssh + cron in order to periodically launch the rsync bash script. I'm
launching the rsync script from the destination machine. This is a
vmware machine.

rsync -aqzb --backup-dir=../old_backups --ignore-errors --force --delete
  --delete-excluded -e "ssh" root at machine:/dir/ /cygdrive/c/Documents\
and\ Settings/versia/Desktop/pruebas_backup/current

But I'm suffering the same problem, a lot of following errors:

rsync: mkstemp "/cygdrive/c/Document and
failed: No such file or directory (2)

Any idea?

Henri S escribió:
> Are you able to export this directory using a different protcal?
> Alternitivly, if you definatly want to use SMB, you could look at SMB
> hosting a virtual file system which is then mounted locally. 
> I have done this via SSH and used hdiutil on Mac OS X to mount a virtual
> file system stored as a file on the SSH server. I have found this solution
> works quite well when you need to push data using rsync and the file
> system or operating system at the other end will not meet your meta data
> requirments.
> Just another possibility.
>> On Thu, 2008-11-06 at 11:08 +0100, Christian Pinedo wrote:
>>> I'm trying to use a remote SMB/CIFS share to backup a local directory
>>> tree. I use rsync "version 3.0.4 protocol version 30" and mount.cifs
>>> "1.10" with a kernel 2.6.18. The directory I'm trying to backup is quite
>>> big and has a lot of files inside.
>> Since rsync expects a lot from the filesystem, it occasionally runs into
>> incompatibilities with network filesystems.  You will probably have
>> better luck running rsync on the actual destination machine (either over
>> ssh or as a daemon), if possible.
>>> [root at linux dir]# du -hs .
>>> 50G     .
>>> [root at linux dir]# find . -type f | wc -l
>>> 41929
>>> I get the following error when I try to use rsync:
>>> [root at linux /]# mount -t cifs //SERVER/backup /media/backup -o
>>> credentials=/root/.credentials,rw
>>> [root at linux /]# /usr/local/bin/rsync -aq --whole-file --force --delete
>>> --backup --backup-dir=/media/backup/incremental/$(date +%Y-%m-%d) /dir
>>> /media/backup/current
>>> rsync: mkstemp "/media/backup/current/dir/files/.file.mp3.rqE1s8"
>>> failed: No such file or directory (2)
>>> rsync: mkstemp "/media/backup/current/dir/files/.file.mp3.NxYdH6"
>>> failed: No such file or directory (2)
>>> rsync: mkstemp "/media/backup/dir/files/.file.mp3.jkbgXp" failed: No
>>> such file or directory (2)
>> Please reduce the set of source files to the minimum with which you can
>> reproduce the errors, run rsync under "strace -f", and send the output.
>> That will show the interaction between rsync and the filesystem leading
>> up to the errors and help me determine which is at fault.
>> Matt
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