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Re: Running of rrequested tests - [was Re: Backup problem using "cp"]

On 2018-05-08 at 11:10, Richard Owlett wrote:

> On 05/07/2018 07:01 AM, Thomas Schmitt wrote:
>> Hi,
>> Richard Owlett wrote:
>>> richard@debian-jan13:~$ stat / | fgrep Device
>>> Device: 80eh/2062d      Inode: 2           Links: 22
>>> richard@debian-jan13:~$ stat /media | fgrep Device
>>> Device: 80eh/2062d      Inode: 131073      Links: 5
>> "/media" was not the directory to examine.
>> You need to examine the directory which you gave as second argument to cp.
>> In your initial post of this thread the cp command is quoted as
>>    cp -ax /  "/media/richard/MISC
>>    backups/dev_sda14/"
>> (Dunno whether the line break in that mail is significant.)
>> [SNIP]
> The line break was an email artifact and have changed partition label to 
> prevent future confusion.
> This is the output of script command:


Have you tried

stat /home/richard/.local/share/Trash/expunged/1449727740/grub2

and/or a 'ls' of the same directory?

Since we've apparently confirmed that /media/richard/MISC-backups/ is on
a separate filesystem from /, it really looks to me as if this too-deep
directory chain may exist within the source tree, in some form.

The only comment I've found from you on this point seems to be a
statement that yes, such a chain existed, but after you deleted it, it
came back the next time you tried the copy.

If that's correct, then there must be something intervening to cause the
chain to be re-created; the cp command should not be capable of
modifying its source argument, unless its destination is under its
source (which would obviously cause problems).

If it's not correct, then I'd be interested to know what is in fact
there, and what might have caused it to exist (or not).

   The Wanderer

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one
persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all
progress depends on the unreasonable man.         -- George Bernard Shaw

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