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Re: [rdiff-backup-users] rdiff-backup fails, no gzipped file

From: Dominic Raferd
Subject: Re: [rdiff-backup-users] rdiff-backup fails, no gzipped file
Date: Sun, 05 Dec 2010 17:42:20 +0000
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See Andrew Ferguson's response regarding this error message here:

Andrew is the current maintainer of rdiff-backup so his word is law!

What version of rdiff-backup are you using? 2.8-6 is not a valid version number, the current stable version is 1.2.8. Check with:
rdiff-backup -V


On 05/12/10 17:12, ~D wrote:

I did setup a backup system like here, but then the other way around, backup my desktop to the server.


I have two scripts on my server. The first one seems to run fine, the second not atm (till a week ago it went well, I didn't change a thing on a the server side)

I have version 2.8-6 on both sides. On the server I installed the version of Debian testing on Lenny (Stable), which is on the server. I do run Debian testing on my desktop.

See the messages below.

Thanks in advance,


$ ./laptop_backup
Previous backup seems to have failed, regressing destination now.
  • Exception 'Not a gzipped file' raised of class '<type 'exceptions.IOError'>':
  File "/usr/lib/python2.5/gzip.py", line 263, in _read
  File "/usr/lib/python2.5/gzip.py", line 164, in _read_gzip_header
    raise IOError, 'Not a gzipped file'
IOError: Not a gzipped file
Fatal Error: Lost connection to the remote system

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