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[rdiff-backup-users] rdiff-backup changes .gz files

From: Arno Wagner
Subject: [rdiff-backup-users] rdiff-backup changes .gz files
Date: Sat, 9 Jul 2011 22:19:59 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.20 (2009-06-14)


I do full Linux root partition backups with rdiff-backup
1.2.8 on Debian squeeze. As I have had numerous instances of
silent corruption, I always verify my backups, in this case with

  rdiff-backup --compare-full --exclude-sockets --exclude-other-filesystems 

This verify gives me several "metadata the same, data changed" 
errors, that do not make sense. Examples are


When I compare manually, these files are indeed different, 
but gzip -tv tells me both are fine and they decompress 
to bit-identical files. 

One thing I have noticed is that these files are all pretty old.

What is going on here? As I also use md5sum for integrity checks,
modifying .gz files in a backup is really not a good idea., even
if they decompress the same. In fact changing anything when backing 
up files is not a good idea. Also, with this problem, I have to 
check manually for each verification error whether it is truely an 
error or an instance of this not-really corruption.

To me this looks like a bug in rdiff-backup. 
I have observed this only with .gz files.

Arno Wagner, Dr. sc. techn., Dipl. Inform., CISSP -- Email: address@hidden 
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