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Re: [rdiff-backup-users] Empty directory trees not being backed up

From: Toni Price
Subject: Re: [rdiff-backup-users] Empty directory trees not being backed up
Date: Mon, 02 Jan 2006 22:22:42 +0000
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Ben Escoto wrote:

Toni Price <address@hidden>
wrote the following on Sun, 01 Jan 2006 09:02:02 +0000
I have been a very happy user of rdiff-backup for about a year now. Recently though I noticed that certain directories are not in my backup. I did a 'diff -rq' on some of the source/backup directories and (although I haven't checked extensively) all the missing ones seem to be empty directory trees.

All I can say is I don't see why rdiff-backup wouldn't back up empty
directories.  I've never personally noticed this problem.  I'm not
sure what to do unless you can isolate or reproduce the problem.

Are you sure its a bug?  Maybe it's just some unexpected
--include/--exclude interaction, or a permission problem?

No - I'm not at all sure it's a bug! Though it seems very unlikely to me that it could be a permissions problem. The permissions on some of the missing directories look like this:

drwx------  2 tprice users 4096 Jan  9  2005 <...>
drwxr-xr-x  3 tprice users 4096 Jan  9  2005 <...>
drwxrwxrwx  2 tprice users 4096 May 28  2004 <...>
drwx------  5 tprice users 4096 Jan 27  2005 <...>
drwxr-xr-x  2 tprice users 4096 Jan 30  2005 <...>
drwxr-xr-x  2 tprice users 4096 Jan 30  2005 <...>

As far as includes and excludes are concerned, I wouldn't have guessed they were causing this but I'll try and do some testing to see if I can pinpoint anything.

So I'm guessing this is a problem that came with upgrading to
1.0.1. Perhaps it would be better for me to back out to 0.13.6? (Unfortunately the most recent versions are not yet available on
64-bit Gentoo.) I tried searching Google & the rdiff-backup-user
archives but didn't come up with anything. If it would help, I can
post my rdiff-backup command or any other relevant information.

0.13.6 was the last development release before the stable 1.0.x
series, so 1.0.1 is just 0.13.6 with bugfixes.  So it probably won't
help if you downgrade.

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