can't create a local mirror

Tim Hanson tjhanson at
Sat Sep 25 14:37:48 MDT 2010

On Saturday, September 25, 2010 01:22:29 pm you wrote:
> On Sat, 2010-09-25 at 13:16 -0700, Tim Hanson wrote:
> > I either have a problem with rsync or it is not intended to do what I am
> > asking it to do.
> > 
> > I am trying to mirror a copy of /home/foo to a local usb drive.  The copy
> > is made, but the destination does not appear to be deleting files I have
> > deleted on the source.  Here is the command line I am using (part of a
> > script I use to do this and other housekeeping chores):
> > 
> > As root:
> > 
> > rsync -av --progress --delete --exclude /home/foo/.local/share/Trash \
> > --log-file=/home/foo/Desktop/$(date +%Y%m%d)_rsync.log.usb$disk \
> > /home/foo /media/usb$disk
> > 
> > What am I doing wrong?
> Check the log file for any relevant error messages.  In particular, if
> the sender gets an error that could result in the omission of existing
> source files from the file list, deletion will be skipped.  If this
> occurs, rsync will print the message,
> "IO error encountered -- skipping file deletion".

I get this error every time:

rsync: readlink_stat("/home/timh/.gvfs") failed: Permission denied (13)

Does rsync skip deletion of this file only, or is deletion turned off for all 

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