Ignoring "file has vanished" errors?

Henri Shustak henri.shustak at gmail.com
Sat Jul 24 19:02:19 MDT 2010

> Is it possible to have rsync ignore 'file has vanished' errors and not
> return an error on exit?
> I have a backup script that utilizes rsync, and based on the return
> code determines whether the backup was successful. Postfix queue files
> and user maildir files being deleted during the backup process
> shouldn't be enough to cause the backup to fail.

You have a number of options available to you. Below, I have listed just two options relating to exit code alteration : 

 - Ignore the exit code within you backup script.

 - Run rsync via a wrapper script which to bypass this error.
   Details on such a wrapper script is available from the URL below : 

More helpful rsync tips are available from : <http://www.samba.org/rsync/FAQ.html>

Depending upon your operating system / file system you may be able to take a snap shot. 

One recent approach mentioned on this mailing list in relation to file system snap shots are the threads on the use of LVM and rsync. Below are a couple of links to the recent posts regarding usage of LVM.  

  - <http://www.mail-archive.com/rsync@lists.samba.org/msg25986.html>
  - <http://www.mail-archive.com/rsync@lists.samba.org/msg26011.html>

Hopefully this information is helpful with regards your backup.

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