On Wed, 12 Oct 2005, Bill Crowell wrote:

> First of all, cudos on rsync 2.6.6! It is running exceptionally well.
> I'm using a script executed by cron to keep warm-backup servers in sync with
> the primary server. The execution is set to run every 5 minutes. Like any
> good programmer, this process is *very* paranoid and uses 'wall' to notify
> the users if any error occurs during the transmissions.
> This is working extremely well. We've already done an emergency failover to
> the warm-backup servers with an acceptable amount of data loss - mostly
> nothing!
> I have found; however, a race condition exists between users and rsync that
> causes a 'vanished file' error. This race condition is exacerbated when the
> link speed between the systems is slow such as a T1.
> rsync -avpozO -e ssh /somedirectory/ backupserver:/somedirectory/
> During normal system operation, users are allowed to delete files that they
> own in 'somedirectory'. This is especially true in /home. When rsync is
> instantiated, the file list is created and the transfer begins. The problem
> comes up when a user deletes a file during the transfer. Rsync exits 24 and
> this causes the paranoia messages to go out.
> Reading the documentation, I see no method or option to deal with this
> situation.
> I request an option flag '--ignore-vanished' to be added. This flag would
> disable exit 24. With the -v option, vanished files would be described as
> "file xxx Vanished - Ignored" so it still may be seen in logs.

This is not a race condition.
rsync will continue till the end, and then just give exit code 24.
It is the same with 23.
So consider these exit codes as "fulfilled".

Cheers -e
Eberhard Moenkeberg (emoenke@gwdg.de, em@kki.org)
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