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Re: [rdiff-backup-users] SpecialFileError...AF_UNIX path too long

From: Ian Zimmerman
Subject: Re: [rdiff-backup-users] SpecialFileError...AF_UNIX path too long
Date: Mon, 28 Oct 2013 19:55:05 -0700

On Mon, 28 Oct 2013 10:39:44 -0400
"Thomas H. George" <address@hidden> wrote:

Thomas> I tried adding --exclude-sockets to the command line but it had
Thomas> no effect, the backup again failed with the same
Thomas> SpecialFileError as above.

Joe> My guess is that the first time this socket was backed up, it
Joe> succeeded (i.e., the backup path wasn't too long).  But the next
Joe> time it was backed up, the path became too long because the
Joe> snapshot file had "rdiff-backup-data/increments/" added to the path
Joe> at the beginning, and it had something like
Joe> ".2009-06-12T19:35:55-04:00.snapshot" added at the end of the file
Joe> name.

Joe> Once it became part of your backup, there is no easy way of getting
Joe> around it trying to create a snapshot file when the next backup
Joe> runs. Using "--exclude-sockets" is effectively the same as saying
Joe> the file no longer exists (which is equivalent to deleting the
Joe> file).  When the next backup runs, rdiff-backup will try to create
Joe> a snapshot of the deleted (or excluded) file, and that will
Joe> continue to fail because the full path name of the snapshot has
Joe> grown too long.

And now I get it too  8-o

Off to build my own version of the package with Joe's patch.

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