Risk of corrupting open sources files

Mohammed AlQuraishi super_fx at msn.com
Thu Apr 15 18:41:22 MDT 2010


I have a situation where the files I'm backing up are written to every fifteen minutes or so. There's a good possibility that rsync will try to copy a file while it is being written into, and I'm wondering if there's any risk that the _source_ file will be damaged? I've seen similar posts about the target file, but my concern is the source. Additionally, would the writing program be blocked from writing to the file if rsync is reading the file?

Thanks a lot.

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