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Re: [rdiff-backup-users] strange read-only file error

From: Eric Beversluis
Subject: Re: [rdiff-backup-users] strange read-only file error
Date: Tue, 22 Jun 2010 19:32:03 -0400

The discussion is getting interesting. Thanks.

In previous rdiff backups, the .gvfs file was simply ignored. So I don't
think this could have caused the problem.

External HDD could be the problem. I had serious trouble with a WD
Passport because of some crap on it that couldn't be removed and
basically wouldn't let me use it with Linux (and WD was very snotty
about not providing Linux support for their HDDs). Now I'm using a USB
Toshiba drive (same small size as Passport). I may need to use my
Y-cable to get appropriate and consistent power for it?

On Wed, 2010-06-23 at 00:04 +0100, Alex Pounds wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 22, 2010 at 05:43:45PM +0200, Luciano Rocha wrote:
> > On Jun 22, 2010, at 5:40 PM, Alex Pounds wrote:
> > > I hope I'm not teaching you to suck eggs, but filesystems are often
> > > remounted read-only automatically if the OS encounters errors while
> > > writing. 
> > .gvfs is a fuse mount point. Only the user that mounted it has
> > permission to access it. Not even root does.  So, while your point is
> > valid for standard filesystems, there's no need to scare for this
> > instance. :D
> Sure, but I don't think the .gvfs error is related to the eventual failure
> of the backup. Instead, it's a result of Eric backing up his home
> directory (which includes a .gvfs directory that has the permissions set
> as you describe). The traceback doesn't include a log of what file
> rdiff-backup was attempting to back up, but the syslog excerpt given by
> the OP includes a "journal commit I/O error" and incorrect permissions
> wouldn't result in a previously writable filesystem being remounted as
> read-only. 

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