Problem syncing to Netapp (rsync: failed to set times on...)

BillDorrian at BillDorrian at
Mon Apr 9 14:10:29 MDT 2012

Hey folks.

I have a machine that I use as an intermediary to rsync between a NAS in 
another building (the users there have poor bandwidth and need local 
storage) and the our Netapp located in our Datacenter. I get lots of the 
"rsync: failed to set times on..." errors, and files which have already 
been transferred just try to sync again anyway.

These are the mount options that I use for both sides:

mount -t cifs -o credentials=/root/.synccreds //nasdevice/folder /nas
mount -t cifs -o credentials=/root/.synccreds //netapp/folder /netapp

The ".synccreds" file has the credentials of an Active Directory Domain 
Admin account, which has "Full Control" on both the NAS and the Netapp.

Here is the command that I run to do the rsync:

rsync -rvt  --delete --progress /nas/ /netapp/

Running rsync with "-i" shows that the files are transferring because of 
timestamp differences.

I tried the "-c" option in place of the "-t", but the server doing the 
sync just hung there for literally two days without anything transferring 
and no output. I realize that the -c option is slower, but yikes!

Any thoughts? Suggestions?

Bill D.

Bill Dorrian
Network Administrator
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