Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 153275
rsync uses bandwidth despite not doing anything
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:11:03 EST
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Description of problem:
rsync -av something/local 192.168.1.1:/home/username/something/remote/
building file list ... done
rsync: recv_generator: mkdir "local": Permission denied (2)
stat local : No such file or directory
The rsync continues, although /home/username/something/remote/ remains empty.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
The same problem occurs if a usb device is unplugged.
rsync will continue syncing (say) a hard disk and a usb disk, without any errors.
Sorry for the late reply, but this behavior is completely expected.
If this bug is completley expected, despite it being reported as being
completley unexpected, you need to explain why before marking it as NOTABUG.
1. If you don't have the permission to write on the remote system, I expect
rsync not being able to. It correctly reports an error, and goes on with the
files trying to see if there is something it can actually sync over.
2. if you unplug a usb disk you just unmount a filesystem, but that does not
make the mount point unwritable, the mount point just becomes a normal directory
so if you rsync over it you are just copying files in a normal directory,
provided you have permission to write on it I don't see why should it fail at all.
The bug report also shows that rsync actually reports an error, so you are
warned something is wrong.
This is basic unix knowledge applied to the situation, that's why it is
closing again unless you have evidence of a misbehavior.
In reply to comment #1:
Well the problem is that the usb drive died during the rsync.
In reply to the bug:
If rsync doesn't have write access to the top-level directory, then everything
will fail. It's missing a short-circuit.