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Re: [rdiff-backup-users] Error "Unable to compare" BUT THEN "No changes
Re: [rdiff-backup-users] Error "Unable to compare" BUT THEN "No changes found. Directory matches." What?
Wed, 11 Aug 2010 12:00:05 -0600
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On 08/10/2010 04:16 PM, Robinson, Eric wrote:
"Yeah, too quiet. Gives me the willies."
On Behalf Of Robinson, Eric
Sent: Saturday, August 07, 2010 8:50 AM
Subject: [rdiff-backup-users] Error "Unable to compare" BUT THEN "No
changesfound. Directory matches." What?
I've been using rdiff-backup for a while, but today was the first time I
tried using the --compare-hash directive.
First I get tons of these messages...
Warning: Metadata file has no digest for<file>, unable to
That's scary enough by itself. But then at the end it says...
No changes found. Directory matches archive data.
So if it can't compare, why would it say the directory matches?
I have been running rdiff-backup for a long time with the --verify
option which does something similar with no issues. The --compare-hash
option also seems to be working perfectly for me. Adding -v6 to your
command might be enlightening.
And what is the problem with the hash in the first place?
The hash should be stored in
$backup_dir/rdiff-backup-data/mirror_metadata.$date. Try looking at the
mirror_metadata snapshot previous to the current one (you should be able
to open it with zless or zcat). IIRC older versions of rdiff-backup
(like 1.0) didn't store this hash, so perhaps it is missing. If that
was the case then that would explain the warnings and the "No changes
found." is probably a bug since it didn't find any files that didn't
match (since all of them were skipped.)
It might work to use the --compare-full option if you haven't been