rsync 3.1.1: --ignore-missing-args / --delete-missing args problem

Kevin Korb kmk at
Fri Apr 7 13:12:17 UTC 2017

Those options are for handling files/dirs that are specified on the
actual command line they have nothing to do with files vanishing while
rsync is running.  The correct solution is to simply ignore exit code 24.

BTW, this is what filesystem snapshots are for.

On 04/07/2017 08:58 AM, Georgy Fedorov via rsync wrote:
> Dear All,
> We sometimes have to replicate large "live" filesystems with many (
> sometimes millions, up to few hundred millions ) files on them. (
> Copying actively used files is of course a bad idea, but it really helps
> to keep the delta small, so one final transfer can later save the day. )
> The problem, as one may guess, is that some files may disappear during
> the process, so rsync finishes with an error code 23.
> The good news is that since version 3.1.0 rsync has two options to
> address this problem: --ignore-missing-args and --delete-missing-args .
> The bad news, however, is that even with any of these, when the file
> disappears, rsync handles the file transfer properly, but then tries to
> set times or attributes on these files nevertheless. That fails with
> errno 22 ( EINVAL ) and still leads to exit code 23, which is a bit of
> an annoyance.
> I am currently trying to come up with a patch to address this issue,
> since I'd like to have exit code 0 for either of --ignore-missing-args
> or --delete-missing-args, when the files are, well, missing.
> Probably it is not the right way to address this problem, but in the
> same vein as --ignore-missing-args are implemented, the patch can go as
> follows:
> .
> Basically we need to do two changes:
> (1) in options.c, make sure that the "missing_args" value is transferred
> when set ; and
> (2) in rsync.c, in the "missing_args" case, replace FERROR_XFER with
> something else, since apparently any log message with logcode
> FERROR_XFER sets the flag 'got_xfer_error' in log.c, and that finally
> leads to exit code RERR_PARTIAL (23), which is what we are trying to avoid.
> I am currently testing this on fairly big datasets to see if there's
> something missing, and will write more when I see how it goes ( as I
> said, the data sets are fairly large ).
> There shall be a better way to address that, but this is all I can do
> with a very shallow acquaintance with rsync source code. Nevertheless,
> it would be great if that could be fixed in the trunk one way or another )
> Kind regards, George
> -- 
> George Fedorov
> Senior Systems Specialist
> Melbourne School of Engineering
> The University of Melbourne, Victoria 3010, Australia
> phone: *****
> email: *****

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