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Re: A question about deleting a big file structure from a big disk in Jessie: Why does this work? I'm really worried.

On 04/02/2015 04:21 PM, Paul E Condon wrote:
For several years I have been making daily backups of my four Debian
computers using Rsync and a small script of my own devising. The data
has been accumulating on an external USB drive in a partition with the
label, gfx5. Some time ago I decided to a make a copy of these data,
so I would have more than one copy. I had to use Rsync to do this
because it I were to use cp the copies of files labeled by different
dates and hard-link together on gfx5 would exceed the capacity on the
target disk (which was/is labeled gfx2). This is a simple one line
command to Rsync.  When I tried, the job would always crash well
before completion.

You're using a "Testing" operating system distribution (Jessie), not a "Stable" operating system distribution (Wheezy):

1. If you want to help debug Jessie, then you should create a script that demonstrates the undesired behavior on a fresh install of a specific snapshot of Jessie and post your script and console session. (E.g. the script should not depend upon your data, systems, or networks; it should produce similar results on "equivalent" machines.)

2. If you want reliable operations, then you should use Wheezy. If that doesn't do what you want, post your console session.

In either case, you will want to check the source and destination file systems before invoking 'rsync':

    $ man fsck



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