DO NOT REPLY [Bug 7129] New: rsync 3.0.7 - unlink failed (21) - unable to delete directory

samba-bugs at samba-bugs at
Fri Feb 12 00:40:45 MST 2010

           Summary: rsync 3.0.7 - unlink failed (21) - unable to delete
           Product: rsync
           Version: 3.0.7
          Platform: Other
        OS/Version: Linux
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P3
         Component: core
        AssignedTo: wayned at
        ReportedBy: p.herz at
         QAContact: rsync-qa at


from a nightly cronjob we're running the following rsync command:

rsync -axpHgotvr --bwlimit=2500 --delete --ignore-errors --force
--numeric-ids --progress --stats / /backup/

After having updated to rsync-3.0.7 (debian /lenny) we constantly get the
followning error message on every run:

rsync: unlink "/backup/usr/lib/gcc/x86_64-linux-gnu/4.1.3" failed: Is a
directory (21)

We would appreciate any hints, thoughs and comments on how to solve the isssue
that rsync is no longer able to delete the content of e.g. that namend folder

Kind regards - philipp

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