IO error encountered, skipping file deletion - WTF?

Paul Slootman paul+rsync at
Wed Apr 6 03:44:45 MDT 2011

On Tue 05 Apr 2011, travis+ml-rsync at wrote:

> Anyone know what this is supposed to mean?
> 366305 files to consider
> IO error encountered -- skipping file deletion
> I keep getting this, and so it refuses to delete any files from a mirror.
> But what is the supposed I/O error?
> Can we have it give us some kind of clue?

It probably already does.
Unreadable files/directories (for e.g. permissions reasons, it doesn't
have to be a hardware IO error) will cause this.

Google will show numerous examples and how to fix those.


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