rsync deletes target files after source drive failure

Matt McCutchen matt at
Wed Sep 23 20:19:09 MDT 2009

On Thu, 2009-09-17 at 20:59 +0200, Enno Middelberg wrote:
> Here the two directories which couldn't be read have been deleted from
> the target directory (ie, the files contained in them were deleted,
> the directories did still exist, if I remember correctly). If I
> understand the man page correctly, rsync should not delete files from
> the target directory when an error occurs. This can be overridden with
> the "--ignore-errors" command line switch, but this switch has
> definitely not been used.

Maybe you are hitting this issue:


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